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First published 1974 (SND Vol. IX). Includes material from the 1976 supplement.
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THANE, adj. Also thain. See also Fain, adj.2

1. Moist, damp, specif. of meal made from oats which have not been properly kiln-dried (Uls. 1973).Lnk., Lth. 1825 Jam.:
I dinna like thain meal.

2. Of meat: not sufficiently cooked, raw (Sc. 1782 J. Sinclair Ob. Sc. Dial. 109, 1787 J. Elphinston Propriety II. 191, 1808 Jam.).

[O.E. þān, moist, Eng. dial. thone, id.]

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