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First published 1968 (SND Vol. VII). Includes material from the 1976 and 2005 supplements.

ROTHICK, n. Also ruthag (Cai.), rothie; roddack, -ick (ne.Sc.). A young edible crab, Cancer pagurus (Abd. 1815 J. Arbuthnot Fishes 30, roddick; Cai. 1904 E.D.D., Cai.4 1920, ruthag; Sc. 1930 Fishery Board Gl., rothie; Cai., Bnff., Abd. 1968). Also roddick partan, id. (Bnff. 1958). [′roðək, ′rod-; Cai. ′rʌðəg]Dundee 1991 W. N. Herbert in Tom Hubbard The New Makars 179:
o runkirs' jaas, thi slyrey feel o scrow's feet,
a rothick rinnin thru the lang
sheemach o thi sea.

[Gael. rudhag, a crab, lit. “the little red creature”. O.Sc. rodach, id., 1683.]

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