partan

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n partan (Zoöl) An edible British crab.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n partan An edible sea-crab.
    • n partan A crabbed, sour, cross-looking person.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Partan par′tan (Scot.) a small edible sea-crab.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Ir. & Gael. partan,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gael.

Usage

In literature:

Ye'll never have heard tell of Partan Jeannie?
"A Modern Telemachus" by Charlotte M. Yonge
Presently a boat, that was backed like a partan-crab, came gingerly alongside, and the skipper of it hailed our master in the Dutch.
"David Balfour, Second Part" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Gentle partans hae lang taes.
"The Proverbs of Scotland" by Alexander Hislop
It was late in the sweetest of summer mornings when the Partan's boat slipped slowly back with a light wind to the harbor of Portlossie.
"Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. 20, August 1877" by Various
Presently a boat, that was backed like a partan-crab, came gingerly alongside, and the skipper of it hailed our master in the Dutch.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 11 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Thereupon the Partan and Jamie Ladle jumped into a small boat and pulled out.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Volume 20. July, 1877." by Various
For Meg Partan, she ran from house to house like a maniac, laughing and crying.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Volume 20, September, 1877." by Various
So by the time they reached the Partan Burn she had completely outclassed Hugh John.
"The Suprising Adventures of Sir Toady Lion With Those of General Napoleon Smith" by S. R. Crockett
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