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POUTRIE, n. Also poutry (Sc. 1896 Stevenson W. Hermiston v.; m.Sc. 1927 J. Buchan Witch Wood xii.), poutrey, pouttry (Edb. 1894 J. W. McLaren Tibbie and Tam 119), pootry (Abd. 1884 D. Grant Keckleton 65), powtrie, -y. Sc. forms and usages of Eng. poultry (Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 385, poutrey, Per. 1915 Wilson L. Strathearn 262, Per. 1966). [′putri]

1. As in Eng., but formerly in Sc. construed as a pl. after a numeral. Hence in 1826 quot. a single fowl. Combs. midden-poutrie, dung-hill or barnyard fowls. See also Midden; pootry-fool, a fowl (Sh. 1966); poutrie-man, a dealer in fowls, a poulterer (Edb. 1717, 1744 Edb. Marriage Register (S.R.S.) 79, 477, poultryman). Gen.Sc. Bnff. 1722  V. Gagney Lordship Strathavon (S.C.) 207:
A hogg six poutrie and two reek henns of customes.
Sc. 1729  Ramsay Poems (S.T.S.) III. 112:
Sheep and Powtry, Geese and Ducks.
Sc. 1817  Scott Rob Roy xiv.:
It's no muckle matter what the folk do to the midden pootry, for they haud siccan a skarting and scraping in the yard.
Sc. 1826  Wilson Noctes Amb. (1863) I. 118:
A great big pootry fool pursued by a ggem-cock. The pootry keeps quate wi' his came, and wattles in a hole till ggemy gies him a spur or twa on the hurdies.

[O.Sc. pultrie, poultry, c.1470, powtry, 1486, poutry, 1565, pultre men, poulterer, 1573. Cf. Pout.]

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