Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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SKARRACH, n. [′skɑrəx]

1. A flying shower of rain, a rainy gust (Ags., Fif. 1808 Jam.); a light fall of snow (Ags., Fif. 1970). Gall. a.1897  Rab Ringan's Plewman Cracks 15:
Let carkin' care outowre us drive, Like scarrachs snell and dreary.

2. Fig. a considerable quantity of liquor (Lth. 1808 Jam.).

[Orig. doubtful. Phs. for *scurroch, dim. or deriv. form of Scour, n.1]

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