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LOMO, n. Also lawmo, lummo (Marw.), lomou and dim. forms lo(a)mick, -ek, ljomik (Sh.). A jocular, prob. orig. taboo-, name for the hand, esp. a big or clumsy hand, a “paw” (Sh. a.1838 Jam. MSS. XII. 138, loamick, 1914 Angus Gl.; Ork. 1929 Marw.; Sh. (lomick), Ork. (lomo) 1961), gen. in pl.; a handful (Angus, ljomik). [Ork. ′l(j)omo; Sh. -ək] Ork. 1880  Dennison Sketch-Bk. 99:
An seun [he] wus at the lass's side, His lomo ower her shuther.
Ork. 1911  Old-Lore Misc. IV. iv. 187:
Lockars! if he gotten him, ato' he only hed his bare lomous, da fallow wad never telt wha hurt him!
Ork. 1929  Marw.:
Lemme warm me puir cald lawmos.

[O.N. lámr, Faer. lámur, the hand, with Ork. -o ending, orig. a borrowing from Gael., Ir. lám(h), id.]

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