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First published 1968 (SND Vol. VII). Includes material from the 1976 supplement.
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PLENSHER, n. Also plencher, -shir, -shour; plainshour; plansher, plancher; ¶plench. A wooden plank, a board; planking, boarding. Obs. or dial. in Eng. Also used attrib. in comb. plensher nail, a nail used in planking, a flooring nail (Slk. 1825 Jam., plenshir-), and in reduced form plensher, id.Sc. 1700 Foulis Acct. Bk. (S.H.S.) 276:
To ja. Gourlay for 300 plencher naills to the stance for bottles holding . . . 12s 0d.
Dmf. 1710 Trans. Dmf. & Gall. Antiq. Soc. (1920–1) 127:
For ¼ hundred of single plenshers for do. use . . . 2s. 4d. For ¼ hundred of double plenshers for that work . . . 4s. 6d.
Highl. 1721 Sc. Antiquary V. 23:
Handles & naills for a coffine and two hunder dowble plenches and half one hunder single plenches.
Ayr. 1745 Munim. Irvine (1891) 323:
To 4 hundred of double plencher nails at 18d. per hundred . . . 6s 0d.
Fif. 1764 Rothes MSS.:
200 plencher Nails 160 flooren Nails and a 100 Door Nails.

[O.Sc. planschour nal, 1496, O.Fr. plancher, -ier, planking, Fr. planche, a plank. Cf Eng. dial. planch, a plank, and Plenshin.]

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