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First published 1934 (SND Vol. I).
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BERT, BIRT, n.2 (See second quot.) [bɪ̢rt Marw.]Ork.(D) 1880 Dennison Orcad. Sk. Bk. 53:
We'll hae the wasterly birt wi' is.
Ork. 1929 Marw.:
Bert, a secondary or “back-tide,” a current setting in a different direction from the main current. “Easter-b[ert]” or “Wester-b[ert].”

[O.N. burðr, a bearing; Fær. burður av streymi, the drift of the stream (tide) (Marw.). See Birth.]

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