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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III). Includes material from the 1976 and 2005 supplements.
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1. The wheatear, Œnanthe œnanthe (Kcb. 1896 J. H. Maxwell Guide to the Stewartry (1902) 203; Dmf. 1910 Gladstone Birds of Bwksh. 9). Cf. dyke hopper, id., s.v. Dyke.

2. A native or inhabitant of Cellardyke in Fif. (Fif. 1975).Fif. 1985 Christopher Rush A Twelvemonth and a Day 89:
The next day I went back with grandfather to help the Dyker move the boat down to the shore. They used pit-props as rollers to slide her down the East Green and into the water.

[Sense 1., from Dyke, from its often being found on walls.]

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