Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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CROTTYMELL, n. “A sort of root dug up and eaten by children” (e.Rs.1 1929), prob. the earth-nut or root of the heathpea, Lathyrus tuberosus. Also contr. form crotty. Sc. 1944  M. S. Keay in Scots Mag. (Nov.) 87:
The “scholars,” he noted with a smile, had been howking for crotties in this bank. He, too, would have a try, though their season was past and the delicate bloom shed.

[Gael. cnodan (pl.), a borrowing from Sc., Eng. knot, id. + mil, gen. meala, honey: lit. “knots of honey.” See etym. note to Carmele, idem.]

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