pilm

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pilm (uncountable)

  1. (dialect) dust
    • 1876, Devonshire Association for the Advancement of Science, Literature, and Art, Report and transactions, volume 8, page 722: 
      What is the derivation of pilm = dust, so frequently heard in Devon, and its derivatives pilmy, dusty : it pilmeth. [...] Pillom is the full word, of which pilm is a contraction. It appears to have been derived from the British word pylor, dust.
    • 1885, Devonshire Association for the Advancement of Science, Literature, and Art, Report and transactions, volume 17, page 55: 
      I may quote the famous definition once given in court to enlighten the Bench and the Bar as to the nature of pilm : " Mucks a-drowed and zo vleeth," that is, " mud dried, and so it flies about "—not a bad definition of pilm, which everybody here knows means dust.

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pilm (third-person singular simple present pilms, present participle pilming, simple past and past participle pilmed)

  1. (dialect, impersonal) (meaning uncertain) To have dust blow about

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