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First published 1968 (SND Vol. VII). Includes material from the 2005 supplement.
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PAITRICK, n. Also paitric (Lnk. 1838 J. Morrison M'Ilwham Papers 13), paetrick (Slk. 1801 Hogg Sc. Pastorals 7; Ags. 1833 J. S. Sands Poems 83); patrick (Peb. 1793 R. Brown Carlop Green ii. 36; Ayr. 1909 Science Gossip (Aug.) 227); paterick (Fif. 1831 Fife Herald (31 March); Wgt. 1939 J. McNeillie Wigtown Ploughman xii.); patrig (s.Sc. 1885 W. Scrope Salmon Fishing 119); petteridge (Uls. 1931 Northern Whig (15 Dec.); pairtrick (Peb. 1805 J. Nicol Poems I. 138; Bnff. 1939 J. M. Caie 'Twixt Hills and Sea 8); peertrick (Abd. 1922 G. P. Dunbar Whiff o' Doric 15); pertrag (Edb. 1703 Edb. Mag. (July 1795) 54); pertrick (Mry. 1873 J. Brown Round Table Club 6; Abd. 1924 L. Coutts Caul' Nor'-East 9); partr(a)ick (Wgt. 1804 R. Couper Poems I. 184; Uls. 1953 Traynor); partrich (Ags. 1833 J. S. Sands Poems 142); pl. form peirtrix (Abd. 1914 A. McS. The Bishop 29); dim. forms pairie (Ags. 1953), patie (Ags. 1921 T.S.D.C. 15, Ags. 1965). Sc. forms of Eng. partridge (Ayr. 1784 Burns Ep. to J. Rankine vii.). Gen. (exc. I.) Sc. [m. and s.Sc. ′pe:trɪk, ne.Sc. ′per-]

Abd. 1996 Sheena Blackhall Wittgenstein's Web 23:
Fur three oors, they melled thegither, ae swyte, ae pech, ae rift. Syne, wi a scunnerin dunt, the plane plummeted doon like a shot pertrick.
em.Sc. 2000 James Robertson The Fanatic 239:
But when he could get no other woman, not the lush saintly wives nor the widows plump as paitricks, sometimes he would still return and skail himself into her as before.
[O.Sc. partryk, a.1400.]

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