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MIRKEN, v. To grow dark, to become overcast, as the sky at late twilight (Sh. 1963). Hence vbl.n. mirkenin, -an, mirkinnen, mirknin(g), -en, murknin, late twilight, the period just before dark (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl.; Ork. 1922 J. Firth Reminisc. 153, 1929 Marw.; Sh. 1963); ppl.adj. mirkening, darkening, merging into darkness. Ayr. 1790 J. Fisher Poems 102:
Ae simmer e'en baith wale an' trig, About the mirkning.
Sh. 1877 G. Stewart Fireside Tales 6:
I aye keep a sherp e' aboot me in da mirkinnen.
Ayr. 1883 Mod. Sc. Poets (Edwards) V. 185:
The clachan lichts begin to blink ayont the mirkning brae.
Sh. 1931 Shetland Times (14 March) 7:
I' da murknin' o' da winter whin da Ness oot yundir was braakin' white.
Sh. 1958 New Shetlander No. 48. 11:
Whin Simmer fled, an nichts begood ta mirken.

[Mirk, adj. + -en, suff. O.Sc. myrken, c.1420, Mid.Eng. merkin, id. For the Sh. forms cf. Icel., Norw. dial. myrkna, id.]

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