Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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DRAM, Dramm, Draam, n.2, v.2

1. n. A piece of wool, cloth or thread attached as a distinguishing mark to a hole in the ear of an animal, usu. a sheep or a horse (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl.; 1914 Angus Gl.; Sh.10 1949 (of a sheep only)). Sh. 1908  Jak. (1928):
As a mark on a horse, a dramm is attached also to the mane or to the tail.

2. v. To mark an animal with a dram (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928)). Sh. 1899  Sh. News (20 May):
I wis gotten haud apo' da lamb an' draamd him wi' a rid treed i' da right lug.

[Cf. Norw. dram, show, Mod.Icel. drambr, a lump, knot.]

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