Definition of skean dhu in English:

skean dhu

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Pronunciation: /ˈduː


  • A dagger worn in the stocking as part of Highland dress.
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    • The shop window display of kilts, sporrans and skean-dhu daggers proclaimed that here was a York shop for York people.
    • Many wrongly reported that Christie entered Spain dressed in a kilt, some said in full Highland dress complete with feathered cap and skean-dhu.


early 19th century: from skean + Scottish Gaelic dubh 'black'.

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