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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III).
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EEL, n.2 An I.Sc. form of Eng. ale (Sh.10, Ork.5 1949). Also used attrib. Hence eelie, adj. See Yill for other Sc. forms. [i:l]Ork. 1880 Dennison Sketch-Bk. 24:
The sodgers got a' the eel i' the brewhoose. [Ib. p. 134, eelie cogie.]
Ork. 1904 Dennison Sketches 10:
They wur a eel-cog an' twa bottles o' eel staun on de lower end o' the teeble.

[O.Sc. eill, 1553, ele, ale. See P.L.D. § 164.9.]

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