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First published 1960 (SND Vol. V).
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KEAVIE, n. A species of crab, Cancer maias or depurator. Cf. Cavey and Cattercavie. Comb. keavie-cleek, “a crooked piece of iron used for catching crabs” (Fif. 1825 Jam.).Fif. 1710 R. Sibbald Hist. Fif. 54:
I have found these Crabs, we call Keavies, eating the Slieve-fish greedily.

[Orig. obscure.]

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