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First published 1934 (SND Vol. I).
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ASK, AISK, n.1

1. A haze, mist, bank of fog.Sh. 1899 J. Spence Sh. Folk-Lore 133:
A thin veil of ask (haze) hangs o'er the horizon.
Sh.(D) 1899 J. Spence Sh. Folk-Lore 249:
Da ask lumed up an' we saw da kaavies.
Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928):
Der is a ask lyin' ower de land.

2. Drizzle, fine rain.Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl. 4:
Ask, drizzle, half-rain, half-fog, small particles of snow.
Sh. and Ork. 1887 Jam.6:
Ask, aisk, drizzle, small particles of dust, or snow, half-fog, half-rain.

[Origin obscure. See Eesk.]

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