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First published 1941 (SND Vol. II).
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BOONS, n.pl. “Acreage” (Bnff.2 1935). See also Boun', n., 2 (1).Abd.13 1910:
“Boons” means acres or land. “Ye've mair boons nor his.”
Abd. 1922 Weekly Free Press (4 Feb.) 2/7:
Weel, he maybe hiz some richt on's side fin he says a big fairm peys better nor a little een, bit that's 'cause there's mair boons t' mak' siller on.

[From O.Sc. bund, boundary, extended to the acreage contained within the boundaries; cf. Lat. fines.]

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