Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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BUNKER, n. Add variant bonkard and quot. to 1.: Sc. 1728 Session Papers, Hall v. Cunningham (4 Dec.) 2:
All the Writs were turned out of the Pocks upon the Bonkard before the Bar.

3. Add: the gen. raised area in front of the pulpit in which the elders are seated at Communion. Add quot.: Lnk. 1833 Whigs of Scot. II. i.:
The form of a rude pulpit, with its bunker, for the reception of the elders.

4. Add: Comb. boat-bunker, id. Add quot.: Sc. 1831 Blackwood's Mag. (April) 586:
Tying the boat-bunker to the end of the rope for a buoy.

7. Add: Comb. bunker iron, a golf club used to dislodge a ball from a bunker. Add quots.: Fif. 1805 Session Papers, Cleghorn v. Dempster (17 Dec.) 17, 51:
The rabbits generally lodge in the sandy hillocks round the golfing course, and sometimes in the course itself, that is, in the bunkers or hazards of it. . . . He never uses an iron club, except when the ball gets into a bunker.
Fif. 1857 H. B. Farnie Golfer's Manual 20:
The first of these clubs [the bunker iron] is especially at home in a bunker—in a thickset whin—amongst the stones of a road—or, in fact, in any scrape where a wooden-headed tool would be useless.

8. Add quot.: Sc. 1774 New Letters D. Hume (Klibansky and Mossner 1954) 206:
He was sent by Lady Wallace to desire that some Stone Pavement under the Coal Bunker should be repaired.

Add: 12. See quot. Kcb. 1911 Crockett Rose of the Wilderness i.:
They [sheep] haunted coves under rocks, called “bunkers”.

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