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First published 1960 (SND Vol. V).
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HUILK, n. Also ho(i)lk (Jak.), hujlk, hjulk. Dim. hulkie, hoilkie (Sh. a.1838 Jam. MSS. XII. 107). A vessel used for holding oil (Sh. 1957). [hʌilk]Sh. 1836 Gentleman's Mag. II. 593:
A drap o' hey brü in a ülie kig, or hülkie eddiran.
Sh. 1897 J. Jakobsen Dial. Shet. 34:
In Unst a wooden oil vessel, broader at the bottom than at the top, is called “a øli hoilk”.
Sh. 1951 Sh. Folk Book II. 6:
Doo didna only smore me wi dy oil bit du soved me wi dy oli hjulk.

[From Norw. dial. holk, hylke, wooden vessel, pail, bucket.]

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