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First published 1960 (SND Vol. V).
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KIVIN, n. Also kiv(v)an.

1. A mixed crowd of people esp. when gathered together for amusement, a bevy (Teviotd. 1825 Jam.; Kcb. 1960). Cf. Covine, n., 3.Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 421:
To scail the kivvan, to separate the party.
Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.:
A kivin' o' folk at Bosells Fair.

2. A covey, a flock, as of partridges (Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 306; Ayr. 1880 Jam.).

[O.Sc. coven, -an, a company, band. See Covine, and note.]

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