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  • n. a basket used in Ireland, mainly for carrying turf
  • n. The graphite formed incidentally in iron smelting.


From Irish cis, ceis ("basket, hamper"). (Wiktionary)
Compare German Kies gravel, pyrites. (Wiktionary)


  • But my inclination - call it the Evil Inclination if you must - is to say to these Suicidebaums: lech lim sotz, kish mirn tuchas, un chupa mes huevos, bitches.

    Jeff Dorchen: The Suicidebaums and the Self-Hating Jews

  • If you not giving him enough kish, him squees him licker up into your naz, taco-tung style.

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  • Him jumps up into ur lap and presents him face for kish.

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  • We had decided to attend our local church, which celebrates an Hungarian mass, Father Kiss pronounced kish is the priest and talks with a thick accent, which is barely understandable.

    Archive 2006-02-01

  • Kesh/kish is therefore a common Irish word, reminding us that Heaney is not an English poet.

    Kesh & Loaning

  • Had Alvarez allowed his eye to stray one entry beyond OED's kesh, dialect for kex, an umbelliferous plant, he would have come upon kesh-work with a cross reference to kish, Irish for a wicker basket, and by extension to a causeway built up on wicker baskets of earth or stone, and to a corduroy road.

    Kesh & Loaning

  • If a customer was on drugs and showed it, or even broke out a stick of kish, I eased him out quickly and sent him down the line to the Chinaman's. \par

    Time Enough For Love

  • Midway in her descent her head struck against the edge of the steps, with a kish, such as an egg-shell makes when broken against the edge of a platter, and then plunged into the dark pool at my feet, where I could presently see her lying in the clear depths and the blood curling upward from the wound in her skull like a dark smoke.

    I Talk of Dreams

  • Moooikill A Aitcha Ha ignorant as a kish of brogues, worth fifty thousand pounds.


  • Manny's th 'time I've seen him ride by our place, an' me father'd raise his head from th 'kish iv turf an' touch his hat to th 'gr-reat man.

    Mr. Dooley in Peace and in War


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