from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Scots A two-handled drinking cup.
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- n. A traditional, shallow, two-handled Scottish cup symbolising friendship. It was originally used to toast the arrival or departure of a visitor.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See quaigh.
He had brought a cup, formed from a gourd, which answered the purpose of a "quaich," as it is called in Scotland; and we made our way down to the edge of the stream, where he could dip out a cupful.
Turning, Colum picked up a silver quaich from its place on the tartan-covered table behind him.
There was a lessening of the tension over the hall, and almost an audible sigh of relief in the gallery as Colum drank from the quaich and offered it to Jamie.
It was a custom to offer a welcome or farewell drink, usually whisky, in a quaich to a guest.
We received this Scottish Cup of Friendship also known as quaiche or quaich as a wedding gift.
The quaich is used as a favour at many Scottish weddings, being presented to all at the top table, at christenings to celebrate the new life or gifted to friends as a symbol of friendship.
It is said that water drunk from a silver quaich tastes crisp due to the clearing effect of silver.
The guest reciprocates the gesture by drinking the whisky from the quaich and thus expressing his bond of friendship to the host.
“Quaich-quaich,” from their strange loud voice, which seems to repeat these words in various and not unmelodious intonations.
I let him run on in this key till we came to the change-house of a widow -- one Fraser -- and as she curtsied at the door, and asked if the braw gentlemen would favour her poor parlour, we went in and tossed a quaich or two of aqua, to which end she set before us a little brown bottle and two most cunningly contrived and carven cups made of the
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