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First published 1968 (SND Vol. VII).
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QUA, adj. Also quaw; †que. Variant forms of Twa, two, q.v. (Per., Fif., Lth. 1915–26 Wilson; Slg., ‡Fif., Lth. 1967). Comb. quaw-three, one or two, a few. See Q, letter of alphabet. [kwǫ; †kwe:]m.Sc. 1710 T. Ruddiman Gl. to Douglas Aeneis:
To the West and South [of Scotland] whole Counties turn W, when a T preceeds, into Qu, as, que, qual, quanty, bequeen, for two, twelve, twenty, between, &c.
Fif. 1844 J. Jack St. Monance 115:
D'ye see yon lang string o' bows; canna ye climp quaw-three o' them for me?
Dmf. 1893 Trans. Dmf. & Gall. Antiq. Soc. 139:
Here's qua wee ferrets tae be stuffed.

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