from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A sty; a mean hovel.
  • noun A sort of hedge formed of stakes on a tidal river or the sea-beach, for catching fish.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Scot. A kind of weir or dam for trapping salmon; also, a hovel.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Scotland A kind of weir or dam for trapping salmon.
  • noun Scotland A hovel.


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  • Convocation; but finding themselves eventually rather out of their element, on the wrong side of the cruive dyke, and not wishing to fall as fry into the cook's hands, have sea-ceded some time after the disruption of their General Assembly.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine — Volume 54, No. 333, July 1843

  • Would it not be better to expressly insist upon all cruive fisheries being positively closed from sunset to sunrise? or, what would be still better, that the cruive or heck should have a free gap in it, of a specified size, which should be kept constantly open between sunset and sunrise.

    Essays in Natural History and Agriculture

  • Gordon, and that if he is compelled to observe a weekly (not a daily) close time, he will lose that proportion of his rent; another observes the weekly close time, and opens a passage for the fish, but places a crocodile, painted in very glaring colours, in the gap to frighten them back again; another says he observes the weekly close time in his cruive fishing, but no one is allowed to inspect the cruives; another sends men to break down the stake nets in the estuary, which reach from high to low water-mark, and at the same time stretches a net completely across the river from

    Essays in Natural History and Agriculture


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