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First published 1990 (DOST Vol. VII).
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Quink, Quynk, Quinck, n. [Only Sc. ? Echoic; cf. Norw. dial. kvinka, ON kveinka to whine, wail. But cf. also MDu. *quinc, quenc one who is quick in his movements, quinken to move quickly, to dart (up and down or to and fro), also mod. Shetl. dial. hwink to move smartly.] A variety of goose, ? the brent goose or ? the grey-lag.Also in later dial. of Orkney as quink-goose. 1550 Reg. Privy C. I 95.
The wyld guyse of the gret bynd ij s. Item the claik, quynk [1551 Acts II 484/1 quink], and rutt for xviij d.
1553 Edinb. B. Rec. II 184 (see Claik n.1). 1570 Leslie Scot. Descr. 37 (see Hurrok n.).
1596 Dalr. I 59 marg.

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