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Thread #155622   Message #3662642
Posted By: Lighter
22-Sep-14 - 10:25 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Lovely Joan
Subject: RE: Origins: Lovely Joan
The Oxford English Dictionary shows there's no mystery about "pook":

"A heap, spec[ifically]... a haycock; a roughly assembled heap of hay, oats, barley, or other unsheafed produce, not more than 5 feet high, pitched together for carting to a rick."

Current since before 1607 - with an example as recent as 2003.