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- n. Alternative form of cotter (peasant inhabiting a cottage)
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A Scotch spelling of cotter.
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- n. fastener consisting of a wedge or pin inserted through a slot to hold two other pieces together
- n. a peasant farmer in the Scottish Highlands
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He was what is called a cottar in Scotland, which name implies that of the large farm upon which he worked for yearly wages he had a little bit of land to cultivate for his own use.
They were, indeed, like other cottars, a kind of feudal dependents, occupying an acre or two of the land, in return for which they performed certain stipulated labour, called cottar-wark.
Here, had a cottar encountered me under such circumstances, I would doubtless have been thought a witch or a fairy.
The little party of four stood in its dappled shade by the fallen ruins of a mossy old hut, left long ago by some forgotten cottar.
He was forced to turn off in order to find a house at which to ask guidance, and the cottar who came out to greet him eyed him with sharp attention when he asked for La Musarderie.
"I'm a man of my hands," said the cottar confidently.
This wasn't a cottar or a herder that stood before him.
Hugh knew every cottar and tinker, every farmhouse and manor within four parishes.
It's taken a time to fill in all the comings and goings of his day, but we've dredged up at last a cottar at the edge of Frankwell who knows him, and saw him going up the pastures to his flock well before Vespers that afternoon.
The first they had spent with a solitary cottar and his wife a mile or so beyond the hamlet of Weston, and the day between had been long, and this second-shelter in the early reaches of the forest came very warmly and gratefully.