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First published 1974 (SND Vol. IX).
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STRABBLE, n., v.

I. n. A long, withered stalk of grass, a piece of straw, thread, twine, anything wispy and straggling (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 184). Also in Nhb. dial. Ad,. strabblie, full of long fibres (Id.).Gregor:
The kail's nae richt chappit: they're unco strabblie.

II. v. To hang loosely in long tatters, to straggle (Ib.).

[Dim. form of Strab].

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