One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A dagger worn in the stocking as part of Highland dress.
- ‘Many wrongly reported that Christie entered Spain dressed in a kilt, some said in full Highland dress complete with feathered cap and skean-dhu.’
- ‘The shop window display of kilts, sporrans and skean-dhu daggers proclaimed that here was a York shop for York people.’
Early 19th century: from skean + Scottish Gaelic dubh ‘black’.
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