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First published 1941 (SND Vol. II).
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BRAINGEL, BRAENGEL, n. [′breŋəl (Cai.7)]

1. A dance.Abd. 1893 G. Macdonald Sc. Songs and Ballads 131:
Ay, yer sang's the sang o' an angel For a sinfu' thrapple no meet, Like the pipes til a heavenly braingel Whaur they dance their herts intil their feet.

2. “A confused crowd” (Sc. 1825 Jam.2). Cai.7 1935 gives this as obsol.Sc. 1819 J. Rennie St Patrick II. v.:
Will ye see how the're spankin' along the side o' that green upwith, an siccan a braengel o' them too?

[O.Sc. brangil, brangle, a dance, a confusion, confused state (D.O.S.T.); from O.Fr. bransle, “a brawle, or daunce, wherein many (men, and women) holding by the hands sometimes in a ring, and otherwhiles at length, moue all together” (Cotgrave). Cf. Carrant, a revel, an uproar, which has a similar development in meaning. Cf. also Brangle.]

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