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BACHRAM, BACHRIM, BACHRUN(S), n. (See quots.) [′bɑxrəm, ′bɑxrən] Gall. 1824  MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 36:
Bachruns. Excrement of oxen, dried in the summer sun; they are used, viz. bachruns, by poor people instead of peats for fuel; and they even gather them off the autumn green fields for winter's use; “mony a gude tale is tauld and mony a cutty is made lunt owre the glead o' a bachrun.”
Kcb. 1911  (per Mry.2):
Bachram, Bachrim, an adhesive spot of dirt; cow-dung, used as fuel or left to dry where it fell.

[From Bach, n., q.v. The termination rim, run, etc., is of obscure origin. It may be a corruption of ring.]

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