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nounEnglish Regional, Scottish, Northern
1A pimple, a spot.
2Scottish. A small knob situated a short distance below the brim of a metal measuring vessel to show the point of exact measure. Now historical.
Late Middle English; earliest use found in Guy de Chauliac's Grande Chirurgie. Origin uncertain; perhaps compare Middle Low German forms with voiceless final consonant at plug, but these do not show an exact semantic or formal parallel. (For evidence of a possible loan in Older Scots from such Middle Low German forms see Dict. Older Sc. Tongue s.v. pluk-, ploukin(g vbl. n.1 ‘the action of inserting a plug or wedge into a hole or aperture in a barrel in order to stop it up’.).
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