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skean dhu

[ thoo, doo ]
/ ðu, du /
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noun

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

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Origin of skean dhu

First recorded in 1810–20, skean dhu is from Scots Gaelic sgian dhubh literally, “black skean”

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British Dictionary definitions for skean dhu

skean-dhu
/ (ˈskiːənˈduː, ˈskiːn-) /

noun

Scot a variant of sgian-dhu
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