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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Camschoch, Camscho(w, a. Also: camscheocht, -schohe. [Of obscure formation; cf. Gael. cam crooked. In later dial. as campsho, camsheugh, -shach.]

1. Crooked, distorted, deformed. 1513 Doug. iii. x. 44.
Ane horribil sort [viz. the Cyclopes] , with mony camscho beik
Ib. vii. Prol. 107.
The nycht owle, … Laithly of form, with crukyt camscho [Sm. camschow] beke
a1605 Montg. Flyt. 295.
That cruiked, camschoche [T. camscheocht, H. camschohe] croyll, vncristned, they curse

2. Perverse. 1606 Birnie Kirk-b. xix. 36.
The camshoch commons now at last coms in a rere warde to debate the cause

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