- From bit + -ock (diminutive suffix). (Wiktionary)
“One I laid up and with the other I betook myself to enjoying the pleasures of friendship and conviviality and consorting with intimates and boon-companions and with the sons of the merchants, nor did I leave one but I caroused with him and he with me, and I lavished all my money on comrades and good cheer, till there remained with me naught; [FN#15] whereupon I betook myself to the friends and fellow-topers upon whom I had wasted my wealth, so perhaps they might provide for my case; but, when I visited them and went round about to them all, I found no vantage in one of them, nor would any so much as break a bittock of bread in my face.”
“The agent who had this in possession, I was told, lived at the town of —, which I was informed, and indeed knew well, was distant five miles and a bittock, which may pass in a country where they are less lavish of their land for two or three more.”
“This is but a bittock of mineral worth a thousand dinars; why dost thou style it a jewel?”
“One man he shaved for two scones and another for a bittock of cheese, and he was in demand, because there was no other barber on board.”
“Shayth in our own land, so mayst thou eat there a bittock of bread.”
“So one came down to him with a bannock and another with broken meats and third with a bittock of cheese and a fourth with a cucumber; and so on till he lap was full and he returned to his closet and laid the whole between her hands, saying, “Eat.””
“We continued, however, to ride on without pause and even when night fell and overshadowed the desolate wilds which we traversed, we were, as I understood from Mr. Jarvie, still three miles and a bittock distant from the place where we were to spend the night.”
“I will give bittock of bread except thee no whit of food, thou yield thy person except thou yield thyself to me. ”
“So one came down to him with a bannock and another with broken meats and a third with a bittock of cheese and a fourth with a cucumber, and so on till his lap was full and he returned to his closet and laid the whole between her hands, saying, "Eat.”
“English ones, and the bittock might mean anything -- another Scottish mile or two, as the case might be.”
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