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Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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First published 1971 (SND Vol. VIII).

SNAIL, n. 1. As in Eng. Sc. combs.: snail-caup, a snail-shell. See Cap, n., 4. Comb. snail-caup-e'en, bulging eyes, pop eyes (Sc. 1911 S.D.D.); snail spittle, cuckoo-spit, the frothy secretion found on plants (Ags. 1949).

2. In Sc. applied also to the slug (Sc. 1904 E.D.D.; Rxb. 1915 Jedburgh Gaz. (27 Aug.) 2). Gen.Sc. Obs. in Eng. exc. dial.

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"Snail n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 25 Sep 2022 <>



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