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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III). Includes material from the 1976 supplement.
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ESSCOCK, n.2 An inflamed pimple on the face or any part of the body (Abd. 1825 Jam.2; Bnff.2 1944). Also escockle, escok, and (by wrong division of indef. art.) nescock (w.Sc. 1741 A. McDonald Galick Vocab. 25).Sc. 1732 Atholl MSS.:
Two or three of the spots harden'd and swell'd like unto escoks.
Ags. 1895 (per Abd.27):
More than 50 years ago people I came in contact with never spoke of a boil. It was always escockle.

[See P.L.D. § 143 and Arsecockle, id.]

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