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First published 1965 (SND Vol. VI).
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LILLILU, n. Also lilly-loo, and in extended form lillila-baloo. A lullaby , a cradle song (I.Sc., m.Lth. 1960); any meaningless refrain.Slk. 1818 Hogg B. of Bodsbeck II. 323:
Nae mair the dame shall young son rock, And sing her lilli-lu the while.
Ayr. 1871 J. K. Hunter Life Studies 87:
He had been taught the same lilly-loo about disase in a basket.
Sc. 1919 Abd. Univ. Review (June) 213:
Sleep e'enoo, my ain wee darlin, Lillila-baloo.
Sc. c.1925 R. Thomas Sandie McWhustler's Waddin' 13:
The sang the millwheel sang soonded in ma ears like a lillilu.


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