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First published 1974 (SND Vol. IX).
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TREEN, adj. Also treean, treein, trein (Sc. 1808 Jam.). Wooden, made of wood. Arch. Now only dial. in Eng.Edb. 1773 Fergusson Poems (S.T.S.) II. 211:
Luggie, quegh, or truncher treein.
Sc. 1808 Jam.:
A treein leg, a wooden leg.
Sc. 1881 Chambers's Jnl. (28 May):
A huge wooden platter known in Scotland as a “treen truncher.”

Comb. trein mare, an instrument of punishment formerly used in the army, the wooden horse (Sc. 1808 Jam.); also = Stang, n.2, 1. (2).Bnff. 1749 Annals Banff (S.C.) I. 129:
2 dales for mending Treen-mare for the soldiers.
Cai. 1891 D. Stephen Gleanings 25:
When I was a young man in Thurso that's the sort of thing they put the men on that were bad to their wives, and they ca'd it the treean mare.

[O.Sc. treyn, wooden, 1375, O.E. trēowen, id., from trēow, tree.]

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