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First published 2000 (DOST Vol. VIII).

Scruby, -ie, Scrobie, Scurvy, n. [e.m.E. scruby (1551, north.), scuruie (c1565), scorbie (1586), scurby (1597), OF scorbut (16th c. in Larousse), med. L. scorbutus, MDu. *scôrbut (Du. scheurbuik), OSw. skörbjug, ON skyr-bjúgr. Cf. Scurvie adj.] Scurvy(a) 1643 Edinb. B. Rec. VIII 38.
Diseases of virolls and scrubies [etc.]
1655 Lamont Diary 87.
Mr. Jhone Duncan … died of the scrobie
1661 Baillie III 435.
Mr. Alexander Dunlop is so gone with the scrubie that he is not like to live long
1661 The Work Goes Bonnely On 5.
A Whigamere elder in going alongst the street was cured of a French scruby, which he had purchased at a family exercise, with a remonstratrix
c1670 D. Blair in Blair Autob. 593.
He … was much exercised with scruby, gout and gravel, and had many singular outgates and delivery in great pain, especially of the gravel, one whereof by the bigness of a stone
16.. Maidment Balfour Ballads vi.
The Gouernour Ruthuen wes seike of the scrubie; his legges suelled and some of his teeth fallen out
16.. Maidment Balfour Ballads 24.
Cold, hunger, thirst, and scrubies cut our breath
(b) a1688 Wallace Orkney 39.
The more common … diseases here are the scurvy, agues, consumptions, etc.

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