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First published 1974 (SND Vol. IX).
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ULE, n. Also ul (Jak.); øl (Ib.), öel, ule. A sultry heat, warm vapour, esp. mist rising from the ground or the sea on a warm day, a steam; heat from a fire (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl., 1908 Jak. (1928), Sh. 1973). Also in phr. ule o' heat (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl.). [øl]Sh. 1888 B. R. Anderson Broken Lights 88:
Da brünnie-spread ribs in a üle by da hert.
Sh. 1899 J. Spence Folk-Lore 240:
I döna laek dis önd o' haet, wi' da öel risin' oot o' da grund.

[Norw. yl, warmth, warm vapour, O.N. ylr, warmth.]

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"Ule n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 5 Feb 2023 <>



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