One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounScottish, Northern English
A warm light, especially one produced by fire.‘a lowe that crackled to yellow and red’
- ‘As it wore on to midnight, a lowe in mauve and gold crept and slipped and wavered upon the sky.’
- ‘The town burned with a lowe never before seen on northern land or southern sea.’
- ‘Any excuse for a lowe in the chimney!’
- ‘He disappeared in a blue lowe with an awfu' smell o' brimstone.’
- ‘His ship's all lighted in a lowe.’
Middle English: of Scandinavian origin, from an Indo-European base shared with light.
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