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First published 1971 (SND Vol. VIII).

SKINDOGER, n. Also skeyndoager, skenydouger (Jam.). A slight or distant peal of thunder (Sh. 1825 Jam., 1866 Edm. Gl., 1908 Jak. (1928)). [skɪn′do:gər]

[Jam. and Jak. assume that this referred orig. to lightning rather than thunder and associated the first element with O.N. skina, to shine, gleam. The second element is obscure but cf. Norw. dial. vardoger, a premonition of someone's approach, a kind of wraith.]

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