L - Leister to luckenbooth
1 n A pronged spear used to catch salmon, now used only by poachers,
2 v To spear with a leister.
1 n A booth or shop esp that found in Edinburgh in the 18th cent.
2 n A type of brooch usually sold at such placesThe luckenbooth is a small heart-shaped brooch. It used to be worn as a betrothal token and as a protective charm against the evil eye. Often the brooch was hidden in the petticoats of children who were deemed particularly susceptible to harm from the Guid Folk (fairies). Usually the brooches had charms or mottoes engraved upon the reverse.
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