tulchan

noun tul·chan \ˈtəlḵən\
variants: less commonly

tulchin

\-ḵə̇n\

Definition of tulchan

plural

-s

  1. 1 :  a stuffed calfskin used especially formerly to induce a cow to let down her milk

  2. 2 or tulchan bishop :  one of the bishops appointed in the Reformed Presbyterian Church of Scotland in 1572 who consented to hand over the larger part of the revenues of their dioceses to the lay patrons who had obtained their appointment

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Origin and Etymology of tulchan

Scottish Gaelic tulchan


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