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First published 1960 (SND Vol. V).
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ICKER, n. An ear of corn (Sc. 1808 Jam., Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 278). Cf. Aiker, n.1, Acker, n., Aicher, n. [′ɪkər]Ayr. 1786 Burns To a Mouse iii.:
A daimen-icker in a thrave 's a sma' request.
Dmf. 1874 R. Wanlock Moorland Rhymes 15:
And fient an icker rowthly sawn Cam' stowlins tae the sieve.
Ayr. 1895 H. Ochiltree Redburn x.:
It was waesome to look at the bonnie yellow ickers lookin' up here and there in aboot three fit o' snaw.

[O.Sc. echir, id. 1513, O.North. ęher, O.E. ēar ( < *ahur).]

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