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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV).
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GEESE, n. Sh., Cai. and ne.Sc. form of Eng. goose. See P.L.D. §§ 128, 157. For other forms, see Guse. [gi:s]

1. A goose (Cai. 1900 E.D.D.; Sh. (n. and w.), Cai., ne.Sc. 1954). Also used fig. for a silly person.Abd. 1879 G. Macdonald Sir Gibbie xxix.:
I was a muckle geese, missie; but eh! I'm glaid I hae gotten ye.

2. A tailor's iron (Cai.7, Abd.27 1954).Abd. 1909 J. T. Jeannie Jaffray iv.:
Wi' my geese, thummel, an' needle, I micht jink them for a wee, but you that's bun' maun obey.

3. A large curling-stone (ne.Sc. 1911 S.D.D.), from the shape.

4. Combs.: (1) geese grass, a species of brome grass, Bromus mollis (Mry. 1839 G. Gordon Flora of Mry. 5); ‡(2) geese-neb, a cruisie (see Cruisie, n., 1.) (Cai.7 1954).

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