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First published 1968 (SND Vol. VII).

PLOWT, n.2 A jocular name for a dish made of meat boiled and allowed to cool in jellied form in a mould, esp. potted heid, see Pot (Fif. 1963). Deriv. plowter, one who makes potted heid, a butcher (Ib.).Fif. 1957 Daily Express (9 Jan.) 6:
The word “plowt”, so far as Fife is concerned, means potted meat or “potted heid”. It is made from . . . (1) cow hough, thick of the leg; cow knap, the knees, which contain “jell” and firm the plowt: (2) pig hough . . . plus knap.
Fif. 1963:
One who makes potted head was a plowter, as a butcher.

[Cf. plowt, Plot, v., 1. (2). and Plowt, n.3]

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