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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III). Includes material from the 1976 supplement.
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CLEARER, n. “A species of water-spider, . . . often seen on wells or water-pools, and accredited with ‘clearing' the water when, after discolouring, the sediment sinks naturally” (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.). [′kli:rər]Sc. 1904 W. G. Stevenson Glen Sloken xiii.: 
"It's liker a puddock," Andy replied; "clearers stop every stroke, an' they hev twa raws o' legs."

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