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First published 1960 (SND Vol. V).
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KEUCH, v., n. Also kyoch, and freq. forms keuchle. [kjʌx(l), kjox]

I. v. To cough persistently from a tickling in the throat (Upp.Cld. 1825 Jam., keuchle; Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.; Bwk. 1959). Vbl.n. kyochin, a persistent cough.Sh. 1891 J. Burgess Rasmie's Büddie 97:
Da streen jüst efter supper-time, Dan Synnie taks a kyochin.

II. n. A troublesome, persistent, tickling cough (Upp.Cld. 1825 Jam., keuchle; Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.; Mry.1 1925; Bwk. 1959).

[Prob. a rare Sc. form of Eng. cough, of imit. orig. For the reg. Sc. word for cough, see Host.]

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