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A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (up to 1700)

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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).
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*(Idy,) Ydy, n. [Cf. mod. Shetl. dial. idi (Jakobsen) and Orkn. dial. ithy (Marwick), whirlpool, eddy, ON. iða. For another example of a Scand. expression, in Holland's Howlat, later recorded only in Orkn. and Shetl. dialect, see Lang reid n.] ? An eddy, a small whirlpool, a pool. — c1450-2 Howlat 826.
The barde. . Socht watter to wesche him thair out in ane ydy

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