Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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TITBOW, n. Only in attrib. usage in combs. titbow dance, -reel, a heat haze or shimmering effect in the atmosphere seen during warm sunny weather. Cf. Halta dance. Sh. 1937 J. Nicholson Yarns 94:
‘Titbow dance' and ‘halta dance' are names given to that peculiar atmospheric effect seen in dry, warm, summer weather, when the light seems to dance along the hills.
Sh. 1949 New Shetlander No. 16. 11:
Hjalta dance; Simmer grimma; Titbow reel.

[Orig. obscure.]

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