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First published 1941 (SND Vol. II).
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BUT, v. Of sea birds: “to dive” (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928)); “to pop up from under water; to rise to the surface as seafowl do” (Sh. 1914 Angus Gl.). [bʌt, bot (Jak.)]

[L.Ger. butten, Sw. dial. botta, butta, to strike, O.N. bauta, Gmc. *bautan, to beat (Torp).]

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