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BUCKIE, n.1 Also used attrib. [′bʌk]

1. A whelk, edible or otherwise; any mollusc of the genus Buccinum and allied genera. Gen.Sc. Sc. 1706 The Blythsome Wedding in J. Watson Choice Collection (1869) i. 10:
And there will be Partans, and Buckies, Speldens, and Haddocks anew.
Sh.(D) 1898 “Junda” Echoes from Klingrahool 9:
Fan du a klok or a wiglin wirm Or a trowie buckie's marlet skurm [shell]?
Cai. and Sth. 1935 N. M. Gunn Cai. and Sth. in G. Scott Moncrieff (ed.) Sc. Country 62:
Hours may be spent on this strand looking for those lovely little shells, the John o' Groat buckies [Cypræa pecticulus].
Bnff. 1916 M. Symon in Bnffsh. Jnl. (28 March) 2:
Yon's his, the string o' buckie beads abeen the aumry door.
Abd. 1931 D. Campbell Uncle Andie 31:
Hain yer preens tae pick buckies wi', Dooglie.
Wgt. 1845 Stat. Acc.2 IV. 138:
The baskets in which the buckies (Buccinum undatum) are caught for baiting the cod lines.

2. The shell of the common snail (Lnl.1 1936). Hdg. 1908 J. Lumsden Doun i' Th' Loudons, etc. 150:
That infernal machine, why, the Witch wi' ae stroke Like a snail's buckie crusht an' rhymed into a joke!

3. “A trifle of no value” (Sc. 1911 S.D.D.). Known to Abd.9, Fif.10, Lnl.1 1936. Abd. 1865 G. Macdonald Alec Forbes xxix.:
'Cause, gin I thocht they war only deils, I wadna care a buckie for them.
Kcb. 1893 S. R. Crockett Stickit Minister xvii.:
Ye're no' worth a buckie at fechtin'.

4. Phrs.: (1) to come out of one's buckie, to overcome one's shyness, to lay aside one's reserve; (2) to go into one's buckie, to become silent and reserved (Abd.16 1936). (1) Id.:
He's a quate auld stock, bit he's fairly come oot o's buckie the nicht.

5. Combs.: †(1) buckie Ingram, “that species of crab denominated Cancer bernardus” (Edb. (Newhaven) 1808 Jam.); †(2) buckie prins, “a periwinkle; Turbo terebra, Linn.” (Ib. (Leith)); so called because the animal is often extracted and eaten by means of a pin; (3) buckie-snail, “common snail” (Arg.1, Lnk.3 1936); (4) buckie ta, “a specially large kind of buckie” (Ags.9 1926).

[O.Sc. buckie, bukky, the shell of a whelk or other mollusc, c.1500–c.1512; origin uncertain (D.O.S.T.); phs. from Lat. buccinum, a shell-fish used in dyeing purple. Ta in comb. (4) may be taken from taw, the large marble pitcher in the game of “bools,” but cf. also the Yks. taw, to twist; in this case it would indicate the spiral shape.]

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