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RIFART, n. Also ryfart (Jam.); reefart (Slg. 1912 Scotsman (19 Jan.)), reefort (Sc. 1808 Jam.); misprint refait. A radish. Also attrib. and in comb. reefart-nosed, red-nosed. [′rifərt, ′rəif-] Sc. 1706  J. Watson Choice Coll. i. 10:
With Sybows and Rifarts and Carlings, That are both sodden and ra.
Edb. 1792  “Juvenis Scoticus” Melpomene 47:
Bra' wat lads, that loo'd the mouthfu', Meet couth to cool, wi' calar toothfu' Their refait [sic] noses.
Sc. 1814  J. Sinclair Agric. Scot. II. 63:
Sometimes a few cauliflower may be seen in feuars' gardens, and reeforts and lettuces for sallad.
Peb. 1832  R. D. C. Brown Carlop Green ii. 36:
Wi' 's reefart-nosed, blae-cheeked wife.

[O.Sc. rifert, id., 1665, Fr. raifort, O.Fr. reffort, riffort, id.]

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