Bonny clapper


Northern and Midland U.S. clabber ( def 1 ).
Also, bonnyclapper [bon-ee-klap-er] .

1625–35; < Irish bainne clabair literally, milk of the clapper (i.e., of the churn lid or dasher)

See clabber. Unabridged
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Word Origin & History

1620s (in shortened form clabber), from Mod.Ir. bainne "milk" (from M.Ir. banne "drop," also, rarely, "milk"; cognate with Skt. bindu- "drop") + claba "thick;" c.f. Ir., Gael. clabar "mud," which sometimes has made its way into English (Yeats, etc.).
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