Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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KLIVSIE, n. Also klivsi, klovsi. A cloven-footed animal, gen. a sheep (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl., 1914 Angus Gl., Sh. 1960); a clumsy- or club-footed person (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928)).

[Kliv, Cluif, a hoof + hypocoristic dim. suff. -sie, as in Domsie, knabsie s.v. Knab, n.2]

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