Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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GROATUM, n. A heavy, sweet ale. Hdg. 1883  J. Martin Reminisc. Old. Hdg. 38:
“Groatum,” so called from being sold at a groat per pint, was heavy and sweet, and was in general use.

[Groat + denominative suff. -Um, as in Claggum, etc.]

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