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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III).
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COOTHIN, Couthin, Cuthin, Ku(i)thin, n. The coal-fish, Pollachius virens, in its second or third year (Ork. 1866 Edm. Gl., cuthin; 1879 Jam.5, couthin; 1929 Marw., kuthin). Cf. Cuddie, n.1, and Cuithe. [′kuθɪn; ′kʌðin, ′køð- (Marw.)]Ork. 1806 P. Neill Tour through . . . Ork. and Sh. 39:
After the first year the sillock becomes a cooth: it is next called a coothin or cuddin; and when full grown, the same fish is called a sethe.
Ork. 1929 Marw. s.v. kuithe:
After the kuithe (piltock) stage it is called a kuithin, and ultimately a saithe.

[For etym., see Cuithe. The -in ending is prob. the Norw. def. art. (Marw.).]

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