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Kake, Kaik, n. Also: kayk. [ME. (14th c.) and e.m.E. kake, var. of Cake n.]

1. A cake, normally of oat-bread; an oat-cake.(a) 1434 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 391.
That na bakar of kakis bake kakis to sell, vnder the payn of eschete of the brede
1525 Stirling B. Rec. I. 25.
Quhen the pec of meil is coft for vj d. that the penny kake be ane pund woucht
1569 Peebles B. Rec. I. 309.
That thair be na ait breid bakin in this tovne, bot that the baxstaris baik kakis
(b) 1548 Banff Ann. I. 23.
No ij d. kaykis
1549 Ib. 24.
The meill beand at xvi s. … the boill, xiii kaiks to be maid of the peck, and na twa d. kaiks
1592 Lanark B. Rec. 109.
That na sustentatioun be gevin him in ward … bot … ilk day ane kaik and ane pynt aill
1603 Rec. Old Aberd. I. 32.
Ten kaikis to be bakin in the pect meill and contein xv vnce of guid weill bakin breid
1627 Irving Hist. Dumbartonshire 483.
It is … ordanit … that thair be onlie four kaiks in the pek, and thrie ferdalls in ilk kaik onlie
1643 Dundee B. Laws 350.
In beaking of bunnes, … oat lowes, kaikis and bappes to the tawernis … of the said burcht
c1650 Spalding II. 432.
And if the trouper wes nat content with his cheir, to compt kaik and pudding with the goodwyf
1686 Irvine Mun. II. 306.
The day of beginning the casting of clay … 10 pynts of aill and 2 kaikis of bread

b. A measure of meal, appar. as the quantity sufficient for a cake. 1544 Antiq. Aberd. & B. IV. 26.
Ilk portion off aill hes xviii bollis of malt and sewyne bollis off meill, and fowrty kakis mair. Fowrty kakis extendis to half ane firlot and ten kakis

c. The land of kakes, Scotland. 1659 Blairs P. 162.
I might be this tyme be near the land of kaiks, if he had not … said, I, I, you most goe to Dijon
c 1687 Cromarty Corr. I. 54.
May God … preserve poor old land of kakes from all that's ill

2. A sheet or slab of metal, esp. of lead. b. Kaik leid, lead cast in such sheets or slabs. 1599 M. Works Acc. VIII. 2 b.
The plumbers compt, … xl stane wecht … of pl[u]mp lead coft to be castin in kakis for the gutteris
1626 Ib. XIX. 26 b.
For ane kaik of lead weying xiiij stane for … mantelling the tua plattfurmes of the great hall of Stirling
1634 Glasgow B. Rec. II. 19.
He … laying doun of the great kaik of leid at the kirk blowin vp be the storme
b. 1618 Montgomery Mem. 282.
For nyne stane … of kaik leid
1633 M. Works Acc. XXXII. 20 b.
Kaik leid cassin … in Edinburgh at the societie and laid … vpon the new platfurme

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