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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Brerd, Breird, n. Also: braird. [ME. brerd(e, OE. brerd, brim, margin.]

1. The surface (of the earth). a1500 Gaw. & Gol. 1084.
I wil noght turn myn entent, for all this warld brerd

b. The brim of a vessel; the liquor at the brim. a1598 Ferg. Prov. 22.
Better spare at the breird, nor at the bottom
1596 Declaration, etc. 279 (J).
The cup of his vengeance … of the which the servants of his own house … has gottin the breird to drink

2. The first shoots of grain. (Cf. Abreird adv.) Also fig. a1500 Henr. Fab. Prol. 10 (Makc.).
As throw a bustewous erd … Spryngys the flowris & the corne on brerd
Ib. 1788.
Now is it lint, now is it hie on breird
Id. Test. Cress. 413.
Thy blis is baneist, and thy baill on breird
1513 Doug. xii. Prol. 77.
The cornys croppis and the beris new brerd With glaidsum garmont revestyng the erd
1659 Melrose R. Rec. I. 230.
He, be … his awin bestiall … hes eatin upe the whole braird thairof

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