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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV). Includes material from the 2005 supplement.
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GREEK, n.2 Daybreak (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl.; Cai. 1900 E.D.D.; Ork. 1929 Marw.), the first glimmer of daylight. Also of twilight. Also greke (Rxb. 1802 J. Sibbald Chron. Sc. Poetry, Gl.), grik (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928)), griek (Sh. 1914 Angus Gl.), and vbl.n. gre(y)kin(g), id. (Sibbald), greikin. Cf. Creek. [gri:k]Fif. 1844 J. Jack St. Monance 17:
Nae fear, Rob — come ye back i' the greek o' the gloamin,.
Sc. 1875 J. Veitch Tweed 139:
Ere greyking of the misty morn.
Sc.(E) 1928 J. G. Horne Lan'wart Loon 8:
She thocht he'd fair mista'en the day To see him up at grekin gray.
m.Sc. 1991 Tom Scott in Tom Hubbard The New Makars 42:
For she, nae less at gloamin nor at greikin
Reivan murderess, sic wounds hes given.

[O.Sc. has gre(i)king, from 1513, Mid.Eng. grikinge, a.1300, Mid.Du. griekinge, variant of grakinge, dawn, of which greek is a back formation.]

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