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First published 1934 (SND Vol. I). Includes material from the 1976 supplement.
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ALEBERRY, n. (See quots.)Bnff.12 1931:
Ale-berry. Oatmeal porridge made with beer. Cf. meal-and-ale.
Abd. 1743 Sc. Hist. Review IV. 19: 
He gets meat in the morning and at night, either Bread Berry or Ale Berry.
Abd.(D) 1884 (8th ed.) W. Alexander Johnny Gibb (Gloss.):
Aleberry, n., oatmeal boiled in ale and sweetened with sugar.
Abd.13 1910:
Aleberry. Ale gruel.

[In Eng. (obs.) aleberry = ale boiled with spice and sugar and sops of bread; -berry is from O.E. bríw, pottage, which becoming unaccented passed through bre to berry (by fanciful etym.).]

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