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First published 1974 (SND Vol. IX).
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THROCK, n.1 The name applied to the third, fourth and fifth pairs of oxen counting from the front in the twelve-oxen plough team, the pairs being distinguished as fore-, mid-, and hind-throck, the left hand ox being the throck on land and the right hand the throck in fur. In a ten-oxen plough the mid throcks were omitted. See J. B. Pratt Buchan (1858) 18 and Frock, n.1 [θrok]

[Extended usage of O.E. þroc, the share-beam of a plough, Eng. dial. throck, id.]

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