Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See dim.
“Best line: Dunnett sprinkles her story with bits of Scottish history or tradition, such as this one about a sgian dubh, the small dagger traditionally worn with a kilt: “Sgian dubh translates as ‘black dagger’ and in the old days warriors believed it should never be drawn and returned to its scabbard without spilling blood.””
“And dubh/ Well, and Garda Síochána, thanks to Ken Bruen.”
“Mo Nighean dubh," unlike most of the Gaelic songs, has but a few verses; and as soon as they were finished the young fellow, who seemed pleased with his performances, started another ballad.”
“Alister-nan-Each, and the lads of the _Nighean dubh_, if they are not gone home to Habost yet.”
“Not one of these Habost fishermen could sing a brisk song, but the nearest approach to it was a ballad in praise of a dark-haired girl, which they, owning the _Nighean dubh_, were bound to know.”
“It was a night of exceeding calm, with the moon, that I had seen as a corn-hook over my warfare with MacLachlan in Tarra-dubh, swollen to the full and gleaming upon the country till it shone as in the dawn of day.”
“He put round his rapier more on the groin, and gave a jerk at the narrow belt creasing his fair-day crimson vest For me I had only the dirk to speak of, for the _sgian dubh_ at my leg was a silver toy, and”
“All in the sound of a high wind, broken now and then with a rain blattering even-down, and soaking through tartan and _clo-dubh_ we at it for dear life.”
“He had his _sgian dubh_ almost at my stomach before our mutual recognition saved the situation.”
“Uileacán dubh O! There is honey in the trees where her misty vales expand, 5”
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