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First published 1971 (DOST Vol. IV).
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Mas-, Mashloch(e, Mashlowe, n. Also: masleach, maschlache, maischloch, maschlok. [Appar. altered var. of mas(s)ilyon(e Mastillion n. Also in the later dial. as mas-, mashloch, -lich, -lach, -lock and as mashlo.] Mashlum, mixed grain.In mod. use, a mixture of grains or of grain and pulse grown and ground together.

b. Bread made from mixed meal. Also masloche bread.(a) 1445 Aberd. B. Rec. MS. V. i. 642.
1574–5 Elgin Rec. I. 150.
Katherein Ros … wes decernit to keip neborat in schawing masleach in the Schanehery hill
c1575 Balfour Pract. 496.
That na man presume to grind quheit, mashloch (mascilionem) or uther cornis with hand milnis
1584 Edinb. B. Rec. IV. 340.
That na baxters … sall grynd at the commoun mylnis any masloch bot sic as cumis furth of vther cuntreis
1602 Ib. V. 309.
1609 Skene Reg. Maj. i. 143 b.
Quheit, maischloch or rye
(b) 1595 Duncan App. Etym.
Farrago, a mixture of sundrie stuffs, mashlowe
b. 1624 Edinb. B. Rec. VI. 249.
The thrid sort of quheitt breid commounlie callit the masloche bread
1646 Ib. VIII. 91.
The twelfpenny loaf callit masloch being the thrid sort to weigh [etc.]
1666 Ib. X. 10.

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"Mashloch n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 12 Jun 2024 <>



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