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BOORACH, BOURACH, Boorock, Bourack, Burrach, v., tr. and intr. [′bu:rəx, ′bʌrəx]

1. tr.

(1) “To heap up, mass profusely” (Ags.1 1935). em.Sc. 1913  J. Black Gloamin' Glints 14:
The peats were bouracked 'tween the jambs Wat, draiglet claes to dry.
Edb. 1915  T. W. Paterson Auld Saws 53:
The're glints o' sun, an' blythesome sangs o' birds, An' whiles the dyke-side boorockit wi' floo'ers.

(2) With round: to enclose, surround. Abd. 1768  A. Ross Helenore 59:
Near to some dwelling she began to draw, That was a' burrach'd round about wi trees.

2. intr. “To crowd together” (Bnff.2 1935). Abd. 1904  W. A. G. Farquhar Fyvie Lintie 39:
But noo, “A fecht!” rings through the air; 'Tis heard abeen the din, man; Fouk boorach roun' the sprawlin' pair To see wha's like to win, man.
Hdg. 1801  R. Gall Poems, etc. (1819) 36:
Sae out they bourach'd in a thrang, But fand they had na far to gang.

[The tr. v. (1) is prob. a later formation from Boorach, n., 2 and 3; tr. v. (2) from n., 4 (2), and intr. v. from n., 3. For etym. see preceding.]

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