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Compare with the Swedish, Norwegian, Icelandic and Danish word for child "barn" or the West-Frisian "bern".
Cain bairns are children seized by witches and warlocks as tribute for the devil.
Examples of use
Examples of the term's use include the phrase "Jock Tamson's Bairns" as an idiomatic expression of egalitarian sentiment and the title of the 19th century Geordie folk song "Come Geordie ha'd the bairn." "Baloo Baleerie", a traditional Scottish lullaby, incorporates the term repeatedly, as does "The Great Silkie of Sule Skerry", a traditional folk song from Orkney.
The UK named one of their Second World War coastal tankers the SS Empire Bairn.
- "Bairn". Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913 + 1828). The University of Chicago. Archived from the original on 2012-10-25. Retrieved 2013-07-29.
- Douglas Harper (ed.). "Bairn (n.)". Online Etymology Dictionary. Retrieved 2013-07-29.
- Wright, Joseph. English Dialect Dictionary. p. 134.
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