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GROSET, n. Also grozet. A gooseberry, esp. (in Abd.) a green gooseberry (Abd., m. and s.Sc. 1955). Also grosset, -it, grozzet, grozette; grosad (Cai.8 1934), grosard (Sc. 1776 Caled. Mercury (27 Aug.)) and gros(s)ert; grosart (Bnff., Abd., Slk. 1955), grossart, grozert (Lth. 1926 Wilson 246, Bwk. 1942 Wettstein 66), -art, and reduced form grosie (Rs. 1949 Gsw. Herald (7 Feb.)). Also attrib. [′grozə(r)t] Sc. 1772  Scots Mag. (May 1934) 146:
And rizars, black berries and grosarts, And flowers our senses to please.
Ayr. 1786  Burns To a Louse v.:
My sooth! right bauld ye set your nose out, As plump an' gray as onie grozet.
Sc. 1822  Scott F. Nigel xiv.:
My sooth, they will jump at them in Edinburgh like a cock at a grossart. Gold pieces are not so plenty there, the mair the pity!
Ayr. 1823  Galt Entail lxxiv.:
Direction-books to mak grozette wine.
Dwn. 1844  R. Huddleston Poems 65:
Perch'd on a thorn whose aged tap Was gray, o' grozet plume.
Ags. 1854  Arbroath Guide (12 Aug.) 4:
Having so far forgotten himself as to stealthily appropriate the grossarts . . . to his own use.
Abd. 1865  G. Macdonald Alec Forbes III. viii.:
Winna ye hae a starnie jam, Isie? It's grosert-jam.
wm.Sc. 1868  Laird of Logan 302:
Sax grosset-busses as round as a bee's skep, and, without leeing, ilka ane the bouk of a rick of hay.
Kcb. 1895  Crockett Moss-Hags xxxviii.:
I shall let them stay all day in the gardens where the grosarts are.
Rxb. 1925  E. C. Smith Mang Howes 23:
Hei glaamed at eet leike a cock at a grozert.
Lnk. 1926  W. Queen We're a' Coortin' 13:
An' for his grozzets, they wurney worth the room they wur gien in the show.
Bwk. 1947  W. L. Ferguson Makar's Medley 30:
A chin as rough as ony grozet.

Comb.: groset-fair, grozet-, an agricultural fair held in Kilmarnock at the beginning of August when gooseberries are in season. There is also a Groset-Fair in Doune (Per. 1955). Ayr. 1856  Ayr Advertiser (7 Aug.):
Kilmarnock. “Groset” Fair Saturday. — This fair was held here on Saturday last.
Ayr. 1870  Ib. (4 Aug.):
GrozetFair. — The customary agricultural July fair was held on Thursday last. . . . In the cattle market . . . there was a considerable turn-out of horses, which were sold briskly at high prices . . . There was also a good number of pigs . . . An immense number of people left town by rail on Saturday — the town holiday known as “Grozet Saturday.”
Ayr. 1901  “G. Douglas” Green Shutters xvi.:
Swipey had journeyed in the company of his father to far-off Fechars, yea even to the groset-fair.
Ayr. 1953  J. E. Shaw Ayrshire 34:
One cannot leave Kilmarnock without mention of the Grozet Fair, in the first week of August.

[Groser + -t, on analogy of -art ending (e.g. Reefart, Rizzart, Faizart), with later elision of r in groset forms.]

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