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First published 1941 (SND Vol. II).
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BOAT, n.1

1. “A barrel, a tub” (Sc. 1825 Jam.2). Cf. Boad.Sc. 1855 J. C. Morton Cycl. Agric. (1869) II. 721:
Boat, (Scot.), tub for meal or meat.

2. “The flattish vessel for skimming the cream off milk” (Abd.9 1935).Lth. 1831–1841 “J. Strathesk” More Bits from Blinkbonny (1885) vi.:
Milk vessels of all kinds, — leglins, cogs, hawnies, skimmers, boats.

Combs.: (1) Beef —, flesh boat, a pickling barrel or tub.Sc. 1826 R. Chambers Pop. Rhymes 39:
In Littlecoats a bow o' groats, In Luckenhouses guid flesh boats.
Slk. 1822 Hogg Perils of Man II. 70:
The barn an' the beef boat, the barrel and the bed blanket.

(2) Yill-boat, “an ale-barrel” (s.Sc. 1825 Jam.2).

[O.Sc. bote, boit, boote, a cask, a butt (for wine). Fr. and It. botte; cf. Eng. butt.]

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