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A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (up to 1700)

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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Agroufe, Agruif, adv. Also: a growfe. [Reduced form of on grouf: see Grouf n.] Face downward, flat on the ground. c1500-c1512 Dunb. Wowing of King 58 (M).
This wylie tod plat doun a growfe [B. on growf]
15.. Clar. iii. 1984.
He laid him doun agroufe besyde ane well
1638 Adamson Muses Thr. 112.
Agruif lay some, others with eyes to skyes
a1650 Row 460.
Then [he] lay a-groufe upon his face, begins to poure out his heart to God

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