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First published 1960 (SND Vol. V).
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HATCH, n.2 A peat bank; also a row of peats spread out to dry (Abd. 1956). Cf. Eng. dial. usage = a line of raked-up grass or hay.Sc. 1841 Quarterly Jnl. Agric. XII. 145:
As the bank or hatch from which the peats are taken advances towards the right, so should the rows of peats in the lair.
Abd.15 1925:
“Ring the lair wi' a fell close hatch.” Peats when cassen are teemed in barrafu's in raws across the lair (or drying ground). The rows are called hatches.

[Appar. = Mid.Eng. hatch, a rack, the palatalised form of O.E. hæc. See Heck, n.1]

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