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First published 1976 (SND Vol. X).
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YACKLE, n., v. Also yak(k)el, yakle, yaakil; yachel (Cai.); jak(ke)l (Jak.); and altered (? erron.) forms yakee (Ork. 1808 Jam.; Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl.), yattle. [jɑkl]

I. n. 1. A molar tooth, a grinder (Sh. 1825 Jam., 1908 Jak. (1928), 1914 Angus Gl.; Ork. 1929 Marw.; Cai. 1931; I.Sc. 1974).Ork. 1880 Dennison Sketch-Bk. 131:
Sheu closed her e'en, her yakels grand.
Sh. 1886 J. Burgess Sketches 113:
Yackles 'at never kent what teethache wis.
Ork. 1908 Old-Lore Misc. I. viii. 319:
Siccan mooth-foos o' as wad ding da yackles oot o' a yearald golt.

2. Small white clouds, shaped somewhat like teeth (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928), Sh. 1974).

II. v. To gnaw, chew (I.Sc. 1974), phs. confused with Yaggle.Ork. 1880 Dennison Sketch-Bk. 62:
The geudman yackled on a piece o the mulls a lang time.

[Norw. dial. jakle, more commonly jaksle, O.N. jaxl, a molar. Cf. also Yaggle, and Assle-tuith.]

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