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  1. skua(def 1).
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Origin of bonxie

First recorded in 1765–75; of uncertain origin; final element is apparently -sy
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Historical Examples of bonxie

  • They seem to be identical in species with the "skua," or "bonxie" of the Shetlands.

    Narrative of the Circumnavigation of the Globe by the Austrian Frigate Novara, Volume I

    Karl Ritter von Scherzer

British Dictionary definitions for bonxie


  1. (originally in Shetland) the great skuaSee skua
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Word Origin for bonxie

C19: probably of Scandinavian origin: compare Norwegian bunke heap, something dumpy
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