Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
RIZZAR, n. Also rizar, riz(z)er, riz(z)or; rizzier; rizzard, riz(z)art; risser, risier (Sc. 1821 Blackwood's Mag. (July) 400); rissert, risart, rysart; also with variant ending rizzle, rissle (Sc. 1904 E.D.D.); russle, russel. [′rɪzər, sm.Sc. rɪsl, rʌsl]
1. The red currant, Ribes rubrum, or its bush (Sc. 1704 Foulis Acct. Bk. (S.H.S.) 347, rissert, 1808 Jam.; Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 410. rizzle, russle; Abd. 1897 Trans. Bch. Field Club 79; Kcb. 1930, russel; Bwk. 1924 Wettstein; Rxb. 1942 Zai.; ‡ne., em.Sc.(a), e.Lth., Bwk., Ayr. 1968). Also attrib. with -berry, -bush (Sc. 1741 A. McDonald Galick Vocab. 63), etc.
Sc. 1701 J. Brand Descr. Zetland (1883) 120:
There are also at Scalloway some Goose and Rizzerberrie bushes which use every Year to be laden with fruit which are a great rarity in this place of the World. Gsw. 1711 Uls. Jnl. Archaeol. IV. 115:
Rizze[r] or Strawberrie Cream. Sc. 1814 J. Sinclair Agric. Scot. II. 117:
The principal native fruits of Scotland are the following; Plums, chiefly Prunus insititia; risser or red currant. Edb. 1821 Blackwood's Mag. (July) 400:
The Risiers, Groserts, and Reeforts [street-cries] of that period have changed their names for . . . currants, gooseberries and radishes. Ags. 1823 A. Balfour Foundling of Glenthorn II. iii.:
Rysarts as red as blood. Fif. 1853 R. Peattie MS.:
Four chappins o' red grosers for jam an' a chappin o' rizzars to mak jice for them. Bnff. 1893 G. G. Green Kidnappers i.:
Red currant bushes, which last were usually called “rizzers” by the boys. Gall. 1901 R. Trotter Gall. Gossip 385:
He crawl't in amang some gey rank grozet an russel busses in the yaird. Ags. 1955 Forfar Dispatch (11 Aug.):
I maun rin and get rizzers for jeely.
Combs.: black rizer, the fruit of the black currant, Ribes nigrum; re(e)d rizzar, the red currant (Watson); white rizer, the fruit of the white currant, a garden variety of the red currant (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.; Fif. 1968).
Sc. 1736 Mrs. McLintock Receipts 30, 32:
To make Geil of white Rizers. To make the Geil of black Rizers. . . . To every Mutchkin of the Juice of Rasps, take half a Mutchkin of the Juice of red Rizers to make it geil. Fif. 1845 T. C. Latto Minister's Kail-yard 50:
Wae for thae rizars, white an' red.
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