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HEATHERIE, -Y, adj. Also hed(de)ry. Covered with, made from heather; having the appearance of heather; hence, rough, dishevelled; mountain-bred. Gen.Sc.

Comb. heatherie-head, (one with) a tousled or shaggy head of hair (Sc. 1825 Jam., ne.Sc., ‡Per., Rxb. 1956). Ppl.adj. -headit. Cf. Heather, 5. (15) and Hudderie. Sc. 1710  Philosoph. Trans. XXVII. 296:
The Surface is covered with a heathy, and (as they call it) a heathery Scurf.
Sc. 1721  Ramsay Poems (S.T.S.) I. 239:
Minds that can mount with an uncommon Wing, And frae black heath'ry headed Mountains sing.
Abd. 1790  A. Shirrefs Poems 87:
Afore he us'd to bare his hedry pow, Where'er we met, and mak' an awkward bow.
Wgt. 1804  R. Couper Poems I. 158:
Your [Scotland's] heath'ry sons ha'e bluid aneugh To gild an honest crown.
Peb. 1805  J. Nicol Poems I. 98:
Thro' cowslip banks, an' heathrie braes.
Sc. 1859  Royal Caled. Curling Club Ann. 225:
On Mistilaw the snaw is meltin', His heatherie haffets kythe black in the win', An' the rain has begun a-peltin'.
Sc. 1892  Trans. Highl. Soc. 39:
My farm is very heathery.
Bnff. 1924  Swatches o' Hamespun 37:
I'se awa te yon lithe heddery-neuk in the craw-widdie.
Rxb. 1925  E. C. Smith Mang Howes 18:
A hantle heh the twaesome [hills] seen sin the beacons war kuittelt on ther heathery pows.
Abd. 1940 15 :
Wi' her hair a' birsed up like a heddery besim.

[Heather, + adj. suff. -y. O.Sc. hadry, 1488, heddery, 1552.]

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