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BRUMMLE, BRUMMEL, BRIMMLE, n. Sc. forms of Eng. bramble, the shrub Rubus fruticosus, but gen. used in Sc. to indicate the fruit, the blackberry. Known to Abd.2, Ags.2, Fif.10, Lnk.3 1936. [brʌml, brɑml Sc., but ne.Sc. + brɪml] ne.Sc. a.1835  J. Grant Tales of the Glens (1836) 63:
He ran crashin' through the hawthorns and the brimmles.
L.Bnff. 1934  J. M. Caie Kindly North 60:
He's seein', an' hearin' the sough o' the win', Or a fisher loon getherin' brummles.
Edb. 1876  J. Smith Archie and Bess 86:
What huntings for haws an' brummels at Colinton.
w.Dmf. 1903  J. L. Waugh Thornhill xvi.:
The rasps and the brummles we got at Rashbriggs.

[O.Sc. brimbil, brymmyll (1513), a bramble (D.O.S.T.), Mid.Eng. bremmyll, O.E. brmel, brēmel, with late shortening in brembil (gen. brembles), brimbil, see Sweet H.E.S. p. 170.]

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