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BOB, Bobb, n.1 [bɔb]

1. “A nosegay; a bunch of flowers” (Abd.22 1935; s.Sc. 1825 Jam.2; Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.). According to N.E.D. it is now obs. in St.Eng. Cf. Bab, n.1 Slk. 1807 Hogg Mountain Bard 198:
I'll pow the gowan off the glen, The lillie off the lea, The rose an' hawthorn sweet I'll twine, To make a bobb for thee.

2. A knot, “a knot of ribbon” (n.Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.). wm.Sc. 1835 Laird of Logan I. 280:
The scarlet coats of the offishers, with the great bobs of gowd on their shouthers.

3. A small luxuriant patch of grass, corn, etc. Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 14; Bnff.2, Kcb.1 1935:
“The hail feedle [field]'s fou o' bobs.” “The ley's a' gosk-bobs.”

[O.Sc. bob(e), a bunch or cluster, a small ball or knob (D.O.S.T.); Mid.Eng. (14th cent.) bobbe.]

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