Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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BROOK, Bruk, n.2 “A deep layer of seaweed cast ashore by stormy weather” (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl.; Ork. 1929 Marw.). Often found in phrs. brook of ware (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl.), war brook, brook o' war (Cai. 1907 D. B. Nicolson in County of Cai. 67). Also occas. used fig. of a multitude or crowd, cf. break, s.v. Brak, n., 12. [bru(:)k (Jak.)] Sh. 1908  Jak. (1928):
A b[ruk] o' fok.
n.Sc. 1895  D. J. Robertson in Longman's Mag. (Nov.) 33:
The crofter . . . has secured a good stack of “tangles” in winter, and a big share in a “brook of ware” . . . The “brook” — as he calls a drift of weed — if not secured at once, may be carried out to sea again.

[O.N. brūk, a heap, esp. a heap of seaweed (Zoëga); Norse bruk, id. (Torp).]

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