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First published 1941 (SND Vol. II). Includes material from the 1976 supplement.
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BUMMIE, Bummi, Bommi, Bummo, n.2 Also bumick. A wooden vessel of varying size and shape, used for holding water, milk, etc.; “small, shallow churn” (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928), bommi, bummi); “a wooden dish with one handle” (Ork. 1920 J. Firth Reminisc. Ork. Par. (1922) 149). Obs. in Ork. (Marw. 1929, bummo). [′bʌmo, ′bʌmɪ̢]Ork. 1747 P. Ork. A.S. XII. 52: 
A three luged bumick with a cover.
Ork. 1884 R. M. Fergusson Rambles 70:
She asked the mistress of the house for a tub of water and a porringer or bummie, as it is called in Orkney.
Ork. c.1912 J. Omond Orkney 80 Years Ago 9:
Water was also carried . . . by a water stoup or bummie. It was made of wood staves also, hooped round, . . . being narrower at the top than at the bottom. . . . A round stick fastened into holes . . . stretched across the middle of the bummie for it to be carried by.

[Prob. from O.N. bumba, a drum (Zoëga), Norw. bomme, a box or basket for holding food (Falk and Torp).]

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