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First published 2001 (DOST Vol. IX).
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Spick, n. Also: spect. [ME and e.m.E. spic (Layamon), spyk (Manning), spycke (a1529), specke (1633), OE spic, ON spik, MDu. spec, MLG speck. Also in the later northern Sc. dial.] Fat, blubber. —(a) 1602 Shetland Sheriff Ct. (ed.) 32.
Ane selchie fund of twa leispund spick prysit to ane gulȝeoun
1691 T. Brown Diary 64.
The spick of them [sc. whales] … put in the laigh houss vnder the girnell houss
(b) 1689 Reg. Privy C. 3 Ser. XIV 614.
The spect of a great fish or whale

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