skean dhu

[th oo, doo]


a small knife tucked into or worn against the top of a stocking in the full dress of Highland Scottish males.

Also skene dhu.

Origin of skean dhu

First recorded in 1810–20, skean dhu is from the Scots Gaelic word sgian dhubh literally, black skean Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Scot a variant of sgian-dhu
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