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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Crakling, n. Also: krak-, crackling. [App. an alteration of Crakking n.]

1. pl. The residue of tallow-melting. 1593 Edin. B. Rec. V. 83.
Na manner of persouns … [are] to rynd or melt any talloun or craklings … quhair the savour thairof may cum to the … common streitts
1621 Acts IV. 628/1.
Thair chopes and housis quhair they melt thair talloun and craklingis
1667 Kelso Baillie Ct. 33 b.
The danger of fyre be the candlemakers … melting of the craklings
1684 Glasgow B. Rec. III. 358.
That place … [to be used] for melting and ryning of their cracklings

2. Attrib. with hous, tallone. 1646 Edinb. Test. LXII. 96 b.
In the crakling house … fyftene tubes of gray talloune
1649 Ib. LXIV. 141 b.
Ane great bune of crakling tallone
1667 Kelso Baillie Ct. 33 b.
The Bailȝea … ordained the candlemakers to joyne in bigging of ane krakling hous

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