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First published 1960 (SND Vol. V).
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KLICK-MILL, n.comb. Also klik-, click-; clack- (Ork. 1960). An early type of water-mill driven by a flanged wheel placed underneath, and turning horizontally under the impetus of a chute of water (Ork. 1929 Marw.).Ork. 1911 J. Omond 80 Years Ago 23:
Klick or Clack Mills. Only a very few of the ancient klik mills are to be found in Orkney. . . . The best example of this type of grinding mill is to be seen at Millbrig in Birsay. . . . The water wheel is horizontal, with two rows of boards, each seven inches by twelve inches, fastened in a centre drum two feet by one foot on the spindle which turns the top stone. The whole apparatus consists of a hopper and the two stones, the adjusting for fine or coarse meal being done by a perpendicular beam attached to the end of the sole tree on which the spindle of the water wheel rests — a single movement thus lifting the water wheel and the top stone. In other cases there was an outer wheel all made of wood, the shaft being oak, a spur wheel inside also of wood, the teeth being wedges of cogs firmly driven in.
Ork. 1949 Click Mill (H.M.S.O. Pamph.):
A popular name for such mills is Clack Mill.

[The first element is imit. of the sound made by the mill in action. Cf. Clack, n.1, Eng. click, Norw. dial. klikka, to tick.]

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