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  • n. A steep crag or cliff, especially one with overhanging sides
  • n. A glen with steep, overhanging sides
  • n. A steep excavation, especially a coal pit

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A crag; a cliff; a glen with overhanging sides.
  • n. A shaft in a coal pit; a hollow in a quarry.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A crag; a precipice; a rugged steep; a glen with steep overhanging sides.
  • n. A coal-mine; a pit.


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  • An ', tho' yon lowin 'heugh's thy hame, [flaming pit]

    Robert Burns How To Know Him

  • They had now descended the broad loaning, which, winding round the foot of the steep bank, or heugh, brought them in front of the thatched, but comfortable, farm-house, which was the dwelling of

    The Black Dwarf

  • I went into the grounds with my heart very high up on my bosom, not much put about at any human danger, let me add, for an encounter with an enemy of flesh and blood was a less fearsome prospect than the chance of an encounter with more invulnerable foes, who, my skin told me, haunted every heugh and howe of that still and sombre demesne of Dalness.

    John Splendid The Tale of a Poor Gentleman, and the Little Wars of Lorn

  • [666] Maxwell-heugh, is a village on a height to the south of the Tweed, nearly opposite the eastern part of the town of Kelso.

    The Works of John Knox, Vol. 1 (of 6)

  • Penniel-heugh: and it is hoped that the etymological derivation of that word now to be hazarded will not imply in the etymologist the credulity of a Monkbarns.

    Notes and Queries, Number 28, May 11, 1850

  • He therefore requested to be put ashore, and, from the top of a heugh, or broken bank, enjoyed the scene much more to his satisfaction.

    Chapter XXVI

  • "Spindlestone," a tall crag on which the young knight hung his bridle, when he went further on to seek the worm in the "heugh," is still to be seen, but the huge trough from which the worm was said to drink has been destroyed.

    Northumberland Yesterday and To-day

  • They had now descended the broad loaning, which, winding round the foot of the steep bank, or heugh, brought them in front of the thatched but comfortable farm-house which was the dwelling of Hobbie Elliot and his family.

    The Black Dwarf

  • I ran to the point by the narrow square opening into the soft sandstone rock, and lying low on my face I could see a lugger close in under the heugh of Boreland, where she would never have dared to go, save that the wind was off shore and steady.

    The Dew of Their Youth

  • I was to wait there on the edge of the heugh till one came and called me by name.

    The Dew of Their Youth


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