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First published 1971 (SND Vol. VIII). Includes material from the 2005 supplement.
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SHIVER, v., n.1 Sc. usages:

1. In combs.: shivering-bite, shivery-, a mouthful of food taken after bathing to allay shivering (Cld. 1869 N. & Q. (Ser. 4) III. 41; Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B., Ayr. 1970 shiverin-; Ags. 1970, shivery-; shivery bite Bnff., Ags., Edb., Ayr., Dmf., Rxb.; shiverin bite Bnff., Ayr. 2000s). Cf. Chitterin-bit and Shither, v.Kcb. 1890 A. J. Armstrong Ingleside Musings 140:
He's to the dookin' in the Dee, On shiverin'-bites a-dinin'.
Edb. 1983:
A shivery bite is good efter the baths.
Dundee 1994 Evening Telegraph 10 Aug 3:
As there were no doors on the changing cubicles, my friend would hold her towel over where the door should be until I got dried and dressed. I did the same for her. Then we sat and ate our "shivery bite".
wm.Sc. 2004:
Ye needed a shiverin bite efter a swim in the sea.

2. In deriv. shiverie, lit. a shaking, quivering, a fishermen's taboo usage for a catch of fish. Cf. Life, 2.Bnff. 1962:
There's a fine shiverie in the net.

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