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First published 1941 (SND Vol. II).
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BÖD, BØD, BŪD, Büid, n.1 “A booth or shed” (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl. s.v. būd). [bu:d (Edm.); bø:d (Jak.)]Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928):
Bød . . . a small house in which fishing-tackle is kept, and serving as a temporary shelter for the crew of a fishing-boat during the fishing-season.
Sh. 1914 Angus Gl.:
Büid, a house near the banghs [place where boats land] for storing goods such as fish, oil, boat's gear, etc.
Sh. 1931 J. Nicolson Sh. Incidents and Tales 52:
In starting operations the first consideration of the fishermen was the putting in order of the huts that sheltered them when on shore during the season. Known as “böds,” those dwellings were constructed of the rudest masonry, and roofed with turf.

[Might be Sh. form (see P.L.D. § 165) of Sc. Buith, Eng. booth. Cf. O.N. būð, Norse bud, Dan. and Sw. bod, Ger. bude, all with the same meaning. Cf. also Gael. and Irish both, a hut, Welsh bód, a residence.]

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