Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
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First published 1941 (SND Vol. II). Includes material from the 1976 supplement.
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BOIL HOUSE, BILE-HOOSE, n. [′bəil′hus, ′bɔɪl′hus]
1. “A building where fish oil was rendered down” (Sh. 1935 (per Abd.22)).Cai. 1795 Stat. Acc.1 XX. 523:
The fish are boiled and kitted in a neat and commodious boil-house.Cai. 1930 P. F. Anson Fishing Boats, etc. 257:
There was also a “boil house” at Wick, for the salmon caught at Thurso.
2. (See quot.)Bnff.2 1935; Abd.9, Ags.1, Fif.1 1935, boil-house:
About 50 years ago there was at many farm steadings a “bile-hoose” — a small building containing a boiler in which food for animals was cooked.
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