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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III).
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CRABALURIE, KRABBALIRI, n. The barnacle, Lepas anatifera (Sh. 1932 J. M. E. Saxby Trad. Lore 203); “esp. of barnacles on driftwood” (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928), krabbaliri).

[O.N. krabbi, a crab, Sh. liri, the shearwater, phs. from a fancied resemblance of the barnacle to its beak.]

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"Crabalurie n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 21 Jun 2024 <>



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