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First published 1960 (SND Vol. V).
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LALLIE, adj., n. Also laly.

I. adj. Made of earthenware (Arg.1 1930, “a lally egg”).

II. n. A fragment of earthenware, a piece of broken pottery, esp. used as a plaything, as in hop-scotch.Arg. 1900 R. C. Maclagan Games Arg. 134:
Pieces of broken pottery are by Lowlanders called Lalies, and the broken bottom of a bowl, a laly, is also called a peaver.

[Orig. uncertain. The n. meaning of “plaything” may be the original, and the adj. a specialised semantic development. Cf. Lall, n.2 and Walie.]

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