Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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SCREE, n.1 Also erron. scrae. The mass of loose stones which accumulates at the foot of rocky hillslopes, under crags, etc., from the action of weathering, detritus. Gen.Sc. and in n.Eng. dial. [skri:] Sc. 1813  Scott Bridal of Triermain iii. viii.:
Shingle and Scrae, and Fell and Force.
Sc. 1891  Buckley and Harvie-Brown Fauna Ork. 37:
Fissures, down which quantities of stones and rocks are brought by the winter rains, forming large “screes” or slopes of loose stones.
Sc. 1928  J. G. Horne Lan'wart Loon 15:
But ilka scree he sclam upon He saw anither farrer on.
Sc. 1951  Scots Mag. (Sept.) 469:
From then on to the cairn, it was hard, but not too difficult scrambling up slopes of scree.

[A back-formation from screes < *screethes, pl., from O.N. skriða, a landslide, skríða, to slide.]

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