Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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1. “The flower-parts of cauliflower” (M.L.A.). Sometimes used in sing. Sc. 1759  J. Justice Brit. Gardener's Cal. 172:
Would make the curds of their flowers grow long and turn yellow.
Kcb. 1942 9 :
This yin [cauliflower] is firmer in the curd.

2. Frog-spawn. Cf. Crud. Bnff. 1887  J. Yeats in Trans. Bnffsh. Field Club 67:
Thus the frog foresees and provides for a dry spring by depositing her “curds” in the middle of the pool.

[So denominated from a supposed resemblance to milk curds.]

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