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

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First published 1990 (DOST Vol. VII).

Roseager, n. (Also in the later dial. as roseeagar (1704), roseayer (erron., 1706; thereafter appar. obs.), var. of e.m.E. rosager (1592), rosaker (1598), realgar. In Sc., ‘applied to darnel because of its … narcotic properties’ (SND, s.v. Roseegar), similar to those of realgar.) — 1684 Symson Descr. Galloway 75.
Darnel, (which they call roseager)
This roseager, being narcotick, occasions strangers to find fault with our ale

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