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SMOT, v., n. Also smott, smote.

I. v. To mark sheep with tar or other colouring matter as a sign of ownership (Sc. 1808 Jam.; Bwk. 1970). Ayr. 1828 D. Wood Poems 60:
I likewise had a gae piece keel, To smot the sheep.
Bwk. 1907 Trans. Highl. Soc. XIX. 153:
To mark, or “smott”, on some part of the body, all the first tupped ewes.

II. n. 1. A spot, stain, smudge (n.Sc. 1808 Jam.); specif. a mark of ownership put on a sheep with ruddle or the like (s.Sc. 1808 Jam.; Bwk. 1970); sheep so marked, individually or collectively (s.Sc. 1825 Jam.). Sc. 1856 J. Aiton Clerical Econ. 225:
No man will break his “smote,” as it is called, but at a loss.
Slk. 1956 Southern Reporter (26 Jan.):
What we call “smotes”, i.e., the ewes marked as due to lamb within each period of a week or five days.

2. A damp stain, mouldiness, mildew (Sc. 1808 Jam.).

[O.Sc. smot(t), to spot, stain, 1513, a stain, 1532, a sheep-mark, a.1672, a variant of smut, which is however recorded later.]

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