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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III).

CRUDLE, CRUDDLE, Cruddel, v., n.

1. v. To make (milk) into curd, to curdle, coagulate (Sc. 1825 Jam.2, cruddle; Bnff.2 1927; Lnk.11 (for Rxb.), Kcb.1, Kcb.10 1941). Also common in Eng. dial. (E.D.D.).Sc. 1724–27 Ramsay T. T. Misc. (1733) 200:
For I maun hae a wife that will rise in the morning, Crudle a' the milk, and keep the house a scaulding.
Abd. 1928 J. Baxter A' Ae 'Oo' 15:
An' ream's a' cruddelt, set for fuppin'.
Ayr. 1822 Galt Steam-Boat 144:
It would crudle the royal blood in your Majesty's sacred veins, were I to relate what is told and believed concerning the deeds done by the popish friars in that ruinous monastery.

2. n. = Frog spawn, in comb. puddocks' cruddles (Ags. c.1890 (per Fif.14)). Cf. cruds, id., s.v. Crud, n., 4, above.

[Frequentative of Crud, q.v.]

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