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[il-kuh] /ˈɪl kə/
adjective, Chiefly Scot.
every; each.
Origin of ilka
1150-1200; Middle English; orig. phrase ilk a each one. See ilk2, a1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • A' the doors be open, that ilka loon may win in to see a princess die.'

    Two Penniless Princesses Charlotte M. Yonge
  • As wight as a wabster's doublet, that ilka day taks a thief by the neck.

    The Proverbs of Scotland Alexander Hislop
  • It may be that swine may flee, but it's no an ilka day's bird.

    The Proverbs of Scotland Alexander Hislop
  • There's but ae gude wife in the warld, and ilka ane thinks he has her.

    The Proverbs of Scotland Alexander Hislop
  • As the saying went, “He had a lass for ilka day in the week and twa for the Sabbath.”

    The Dew of Their Youth S. R. Crockett
  • For I mayna doobt but there's something or ither in ilka ane o' them.

    Robert Falconer George MacDonald
  • Aniko's was white embroidery, as for a bridal; ilka's was simple black!

  • I plaguit him sair wi' wantin' to unnerstan' ilka thing afore I wad gang on wi' my questons (sums).

    Robert Falconer George MacDonald
  • Jean Baxter, what does it mean when a minister carries flowers in his pouch; ay, and takes them out to look at them ilka minute?

    The Little Minister J. M. Barrie
  • A' noses alike in their langness, wi' sleight vareeities, dear to ilka pawrent's heart!

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