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First published 1974 (SND Vol. IX).

VOALER, n. Also voler (Sh. a.1838 Jam. MSS. XI. 226, 1908 Jak. (1928)). In sea-taboo usage, a cat (Sh. 1825 Jam., 1899 J. Spence Folk-Lore, 1914 Angus Gl.). Dim. voaleri (Sh. 1968 Sc. Poetry 3 51). Also comb. voaler's-crammacks, = cat's crammacks, see Kram, n. (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl.), goat-hair clouds. [′volər]

[Agent n. from Norw. dial. våla, to bawl, howl, Icel. vola, O.N. vála, to wail, sc. ‘the caterwauler'.]

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