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First published 1941 (SND Vol. II).
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CAVABURD, KAVABURD, Kavabord, n. “A thick fall of snow” (Sh. 1825 Jam.2, cavaburd; 1908 Jak. (1928), kavabord); “snow drifted violently by the wind” (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl., kavaburd). Cf. Kaav. [′kɑ:vəbord + -bʌrd]

[Norse kave, heavy snowfall + byrde, load, burden (Falk and Torp). Cf. O.N. kafa-fjúk, thick fall ofsnow (Zoëga).]

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"Cavaburd n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 22 Apr 2024 <>



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