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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV). Includes material from the 2005 supplement.
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FANN, n., v. Also fan.

I. n. A drift or wreath (of snow) (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl.; Ork. 1887 Jam., fan; Sh.10, Ork.5, Cai.3 1950).Sh. 1891 J. Burgess Rasmie's Büddie 89:
An as I daandered ower da braes, An troo da fanns o snaa.
Cai. 1891 D. Stephen Gleanings 27:
Several “fans” of snow, though deep enough, they managed to struggle through.
Cai. 1929 John o' Groat Jnl. (1 March):
Yir nae waur lek, efter warsalin' in e' fan on e' brae o' Claredon.
Cai. 1992 James Miller A Fine White Stoor 196:
Naething between ye and the lift, but the radioactive efterwal o us. Does fall-oot look like fanns o snow against the dykes?

II. v. Of snow: to form drifts (Ork. 1929 Marw.; Sh.10, Ork.5 1951). Rare.

[Norw. dial. fann, O.N. fǫnn, a drift.]

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