Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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BRIN, Brinn, n.2 “A ray, a beam, a flash” (n.Sc. 1808 Jam.). Abd.(D) 1785  R. Forbes Ulysses' Answer in Sc. Poems 29:
An' a' the skyrin brins o' light That blink the poles aroun.

[Mid.Eng. brüne, and comb. brin-fīr, burning fire (Stratmann), O.E. bryne, flame, fire, biernan, O.N. brenna, to burn. O.Sc. has the verb brin, bryn, to be on fire (a.1400) (D.O.S.T.).]

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