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First published 1941 (SND Vol. II). Includes material from the 1976 supplement.
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BRUME, Brim, n. Also bruim (Lnk. 1890 H. Muir Reminisc. 82). Sc. forms of Eng. broom, the shrub Cytisus scoparius. Also used attrib. Known to Ags.1, Fif.10, Lnk.3, Kcb.9 1936. See also Breem, n.1 [brym, brøm, brɪm, see P.L.D. § 35]Fif. 1894 W. D. Latto Tammas Bodkin, Swatches o' Hodden-grey xxix.:
Whankin' doon whatever opposed my progress — corn, thristles, carl-doddies, brume-cowes.
Edb. 1895 J. Tweeddale Moff x.:
Mair parteeklarly when there's cairtfu's o' brim growin' at the dyke-backs.
Rnf. 1807 R. Tannahill Poems and Songs 158:
The brume, the brier, the birken bush Blume bonnie o'er thy flowery lea.

[O.Sc. brume (1478), bruym, earliest appearance in place-name Brumcrok (c.1300) (D.O.S.T.).]

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