Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A Scotch form of earth.

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Examples

  • If any “yird, ” or earth, stick to the root, that is “tocher, ” or fortune; and the taste of the “custock, ” that is, the heart of the stem, is indicative of the natural temper and disposition.

    Halloween

  • If any _yird_, or earth, stick to the root, that is _tocher_, or fortune; and the taste of the _custoc_, that is, the heart of the stem, is indicative of the natural temper and disposition.

    Robert Burns How To Know Him

  • When lyart leaves bestrow the yird, [withered, earth]

    Robert Burns How To Know Him

  • Weel, maybe he had the root o 'the maitter in him, although it made unco little show aboon the yird.

    Alec Forbes of Howglen

  • "Ow! sober floories that smell o 'the yird (earth), like."

    Alec Forbes of Howglen

  • I wad to God I cud get that sel 'o' mine safe aneath the yird, for it jist torments the life oot o 'me wi' its ugly face.

    Alec Forbes of Howglen

  • 'To think,' he went on, 'o' a haill kirk o 'cats aneath the yird -- a' sittin kaimin themsels wi 'kaims!

    Heather and Snow

  • 'Eh, wuman,' he said in a fear-struck whisper, 'it's awfu' to see ye come oot o 'the yird like a muckle worm!'

    Heather and Snow

  • It was howkit oot -- whether oot o 'hard yird or saft stane, I dinna ken; I reckon it wud be some no sae hard kin' o 'a rock -- and whan the deid was laid intil 't, they biggit up the mou o' the place, that is, frae that same skelf to the ane 'at was abune 't, and sae a' was weel closed in. '

    Heather and Snow

  • Short fushionless dirt, that canna grow straucht oot o 'the halesome yird, like the bonnie lint-bells, but maun stick itsel' upo 'a buss!

    Robert Falconer

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