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gowpen

Definition

gowpen rate
(Noun) a double handful (as a unit of measure)
originally Old Norse, from which Scottish dialect
Usage: “A bag was suspended in the mill for David Ritchie’s benefit; and those who were carrying home a melder of meal, seldom failed to add a gowpen to the alms-bag of the deformed cripple”.
-from Sir Walter Scott: "The Black Dwarf"


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