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First published 1974 (SND Vol. IX).

STRIPE, n.2 Also strype; arch. streap. [strəip]

1. (1) A small stream, a rivulet, rill (w.Sc. 1741 A. McDonald Galick Vocab. 6; Sc. 1825 Jam.; I., ne.Sc. 1971); a small channel crossing a sandy beach (Uls. 1953 Traynor). Dim. stripie, strypie.Mry. 1735 Morison Decisions 12778:
A small stripe coming off the main body of a river.
Per. 1753 J. Christie Witchcraft in Kenmore 13:
Crossing a stripe or burn back and fore three times.
Abd. 1768 A. Ross Helenore (S.T.S.) 15:
Creep unto this strypie here, An' I will wash your face wi' water clear.
Sc. 1797 Encycl. Britannica VII. 290:
A very small stripe of water . . . should always be running in and off from your pit.
Fif. 1827 W. Tennant Papistry 33:
Ilk laird's domain was clearly seen Defin'd wi' streaps o' silver sheen.
Per. 1857 J. Stewart Sketches 117:
We're at a strype that frae the rock Jumps i' the pool.
Sh. 1899 J. Spence Folk-Lore 139:
The wives set their kirns, milk-spans, and raemikles in the well stripe to steep.
Sh. 1933 J. Nicolson Hentilagets 23:
A peeri stripe awa i ta da hill.
Abd. 1955 W. P. Milne Eppie Elrick xix.:
A bit stripie rinnin nae far oot ower.

(2) in transf. application:Abd. 1768 A. Ross Helenore (S.T.S.) 29:
Bludder'd sair wi' strypes of tears.
Sh. 1898 Shetland News (6 Aug.):
Da bluid wis run in a stripe till her heel.

2. A small open drain or water-course (Cai. 1904 E.D.D.).

3. A street-gutter (Per., Fif., Lth. 1915–26 Wilson).Kcd. 1880 W. B. Fraser Laurencekirk 280:
Along the causeway between the houses and the stripe.
Edb. 1905 J. Lumsden Croonings 160:
[She] cluish it i' the stripe.

[O.Sc. stryp, 13th c., stripe, 1446, = 1. Of somewhat uncertain orig., poss. an extended usage of Eng. stripe. though recorded earlier.]

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