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  1. a Scottish drinking cup of the 17th and 18th centuries having a shallow bowl with two or three flat handles.
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Origin of quaich

First recorded in 1665–75, quaich is from the Scots Gaelic word cuach
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Examples from the Web for quaich

Historical Examples of quaich

  • Thank you, my dear sir, but we cannot swallow the contents of that quaich.

    Recreations of Christopher North, Volume I (of 2)

    John Wilson

  • Hecate's forefinger mixes it in a quaich with mountain-dew—and that is Atholl-brose?

  • Meallan Chuaich (mellan chuaich), Little hill of the cup, or quaich.

    Gairloch In North-West Ross-Shire

    John H. Dixon, F.S.A. Scot

British Dictionary definitions for quaich



noun plural quaichs or quaighs
  1. Scot a small shallow drinking cup, usually with two handles
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Word Origin for quaich

from Scottish Gaelic cuach cup
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