Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
BUSS, Bus', n.1 Cf. Busk, n. [bʌs]
1. A bush. Gen.Sc.
m.Sc. 1917 J. Buchan Poems 50:
The berry busses hing wi' weet. Wgt. 1880 G. Fraser Lowland Lore 156:
A man with large optics and a profusion of beard, is said to be “like a hoolet lookin' oot o' a whun bus'.”
†In phr. to gang o'er the buss-taps, “to behave in an extravagant manner” (Rxb. 1825 Jam.2). Given by Watson in Rxb. W.-B. (1923) as obs.
2. “A clump or tussock of grass, rushes, etc.” (Cai. 1907 D. B. Nicolson in County of Cai. 67). Also known to Cai.7, Bnff.2, Abd.9, Kcb.9 1937. Cf. Boss, n.4, 1.
Sc. 1728 Ramsay Poems II. 110:
Frae fertile Fields, where nae curs'd Ethers [adders] creep, To stang the Herds that in Rash-busses sleep. Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.:
A buss o' threshes; A nettle buss.
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