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First published 1941 (SND Vol. II). Includes material from the 1976 and 2005 supplements.
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BOYNE, Boine, Boyn, Bine, Byne, Bowen, Bowne, n. Also erron. bozen (Sc. 1855 J. C. Morton Cycl. Agric. II. 721). More common in m. and sm.Sc. than in the north. [bɔɪn, bəin Sc., but Per. + bʌuən, e.Per. + boɪn (Sir James Wilson)]

1. “A flat broad-bottomed vessel, into which milk is emptied from the pail” (Lth. 1825 Jam.2); “a broad shallow dish made of staves, for holding milk” (Per. Ib., bowen).Bnff. 1706 Sc. N. & Q. (2nd Ser.) II. 75:
Ane bowne and little bowne, 3 thrie-luged tubes.
m.Sc. 1928 “O. Douglas” Eliza for Common xiii.:
An' I've some guid thick cream, for Jeannie at Hill-foot skimmed the best o' a milk-bine for me.
em.Sc. 1918 J. Black Gloamin' Glints 117:
Dae ye kep it [rain] a' in milk boynes at Crooklan's?
Edb. 1823 M. and M. Corbett Petticoat Tales I. 334:
I saw your gudeman throwing the whole milk out of the boines, that he might fill them with whiskey punch.
sm.Sc. 1988 W. A. D. and D. Riach A Galloway Glossary :
bine, boyne a freestone plate for pouring milk to let cream rise.
Ayr. 1821 Galt Ann. Parish iv.:
It had fallen into a boyne of milk that was ready for the creaming.

2. A tub, esp. a washing-tub (Bnff.2, Kcb.1 1935). Hence binefu, a tubful. Abd. 1928 J. Baxter A' Ae 'Oo' 23:
She . . . teem't the heavy bine.
m.Sc. 1870 J. Nicholson Idylls o' Hame 30:
Ye wad lauch to see her washin' Hardly heicher than the bine.
w.Lth. 2000 Davie Kerr A Puckle Poems 19:
Drookit miners at lowsin, whan hame fae the mine,
Suin stripp't aff thir pee-wee's, ti a scrub in the bine.
Arg.1 1932:
Gie the byne a syne afore ye pit the elaes in't.
Rnf. 1993 History on your Doorstep, The Reminiscences of the Ferguslie Elderly Forum 10:
She washed the clothes in a big bine outside.
Gsw. 1987 Peter Mason C'mon Geeze Yer Patter! 17:
A' the weans are fur the byne the morra night. All the children will be having a bath tomorrow night.
Lnk. 1842 Children in Trades Report II. i. 3:
There was a "boyne" or large tub, through which the warm water was carried to wash the blocks.
Ayr. 1954:
It's rainin a binefu.
Gall. 1930 (per Wgt.3):
Seeing the mess which had been made of her clean floor, she exclaimed, “My certes, if I had the yin wha whammled that boyne on my clean flair, I wad cloot his lugs.”

3. Anything of a rounded shape, e.g. a halo.Sc. 1701–1731 R. Wodrow Analecta (Maitland Club 1842) II. 143:
When she opened the courteans she saw like a boyn, as she expressed it, about her head.

[O.Sc. boyn(e), a shallow tub, also bowine (D.O.S.T.); cf. Norw. bûna, a tub, from *buðna, O.N. boðn, vessel for mead (Torp).]

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