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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV).
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GULL, n.1, v.1 [gʌl]

I. n. 1. “A thin, cold mist, accompanied by a slight wind” (Bnff. 1866, Gregor D. Bnff. 71; ne.Sc. 1955). Also attrib.Bnff. 1825 Jam.:
A cauld gull nicht, a chill evening, one marked by a cold wind.
Abd. 1900 E.D.D.:
There's a gull on the hills this forenoon.
Abd. 1929 J. Alexander Mains and Hilly 119:
Nyod, that's a gey gull comin' doon the nicht; we'll hae a bit dyow aw'm thinkin'.

2. A chill (Bnff.2 1940).

II. v. To become covered with a thin mist driven by a cold wind.Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 71:
A think it'll be rain; it's a' beginnin' to gull.

[Norw. dial. gul, Icel. gol(a), a breeze, esp. one from the sea, which tends to bring mist. Cf. Haugull.]

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