Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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RIPPLE, v.2, n.1 Also riple (Ags. 1750 Meikle Miln Roup Roll MS.).

I. v. 1. As in Eng., to separate the seeds of flax from the stalk. Hence rippling-caimb, -kame, a rippling comb (Sc. p.1715 Jacob. Relics (Hogg) 42; Ayr. 1796 Burns Had I the Wyte iii.; Ags. 1887 J. McBain Arbroath 115).

2. Fig.: of birds, to clean the seeds off standing grain (Sc. 1911 S.D.D.).

II. n. The instrument used to comb the seeds of flax from the stems, a rippling-comb (Sc. 1743 R. Maxwell Select Trans. 356, riple).

[O.Sc. rippil, to remove seeds from flax, c.1470, rypling came, 1569.]

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