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First published 1976 (SND Vol. X).
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WHILLINS, n. Also -whullions. Oatmeal boiled with whey, “a flummery prepared by collecting all the porridge left at breakfast, which was beat down among fresh whey, with an additional quantity of oatmeal. This, being boiled for some hours was eaten with bread” (Sc. 1825 Jam., whey-whullions; Fif. 1867 Jam., whillins). Cf. Gogar.Fif. 1864 W. D. Latto T. Bodkin xviii.:
He had been at Buttonhole aboot mid-afternoon, an' had gotten his wamefu' o' guid whey-whullions.

[Poss. a reduced form of whey-w(h)ellins. Cf. Eng. dial. welling of whey, a boiling or scalding of whey, from well, †to boil.]

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