Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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SKIRVEL, n. A flock of cormorants, seen at sea near a fishing ground, a sign of a good fishing (Sh. (Fair Isle) 1966).

[Appar. a deriv. of uncertain formation (with collective force) of Scarf.]

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"Skirvel n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 3 Aug 2021 <>



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