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First published 1965 (SND Vol. VI).
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LATHOWY, adj. Insipid, tasteless, only of liquids, e.g. soup, buttermilk (Ork. 1929 Marw.). [′lɑ:ðoi]

[Appar. a variant deriv. from Laithe, to loathe, but the phonology is obscure. For the Ork. ending, cf. ginnowy s.v. Ginn, Feesowy.]

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