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First published 1971 (SND Vol. VIII).

SCROCKEN, adj., v., n. Also skrucken, skurken, scrochen, scroogen, ¶scraggen and with alternative suff. scro(c)kle. [′skrokən, -xən, ′skrʌ-, Sh. ′skʌrk-, ′skrokəl]

I. adj. Shrivelled, shrunk in drying (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 164; Mry.1 1925).

II. v. tr. and intr. To dry out, to shrink or shrivel up with heat or drought (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 164; Abd. 1921 T.S. D.C.; Sh. 1969, skurken), gen. of peats (Abd. 1915) or fish (Mry. 1969). Also fig. Ppl.adj. scrockent, scrochen't, skurkent, dried out, scorched (Abd. 1925); half-dry (Crm. 1921 T.S.D.C., scroogent); of peats: dried out on the surface preparatory to being fittit (Abd. 1911 S.D.D., 1921 T.S.D.C. scrockled).Mry. c.1880 Pluscarden MS. II. 120:
Here they [peats] are left on their ends till they are some ‘scraggened'.
Abd. 1922 Swatches o' Hamespun 64:
He fuffed a quile alowe, kenelt a scrockled skelb or twa.
Abd. 1932 R. L. Cassie Scots Sangs 31:
Lairach loups aneth the fit, Scrochen't is ilk rickle.
Sh. 1949 J. Gray Lowrie 154:
I juist gae him a leuk, yon kind, ye ken, it sooda skurkened him up.
Abd. 1952 Buchan Observer (8 July):
Before their sharny boots got sun-scrockled at the hoe.

III. n. Anything dried up and shrivelled.Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 164:
Sic skruckens o' speldins.

[O.Sc. skruken, to shrink, shrivel, 1662. Cf. Norw. dial. skrokken, pa.p. of skrøkka, to shrivel (cogn. with Eng. shrunken), and skrokna, to shrink. See also Skrink.]

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