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Routing, vbl. n.1 Also: rowt(t)-, routt- and -yng, -an(d, -in. [ME and e.m.E. rowtynge (Chaucer); Rout v.1]

1. Of the sea: A loud, roaring noise. 1513 Doug. Comm. i iii 85.
Tryton, as sais Bocas, is the bruyt or rowtyng of the wally sey
Id. Æn. iii viii 95.
A fell rage rowting [Sm. rowtand] of the sey
a1605 Montg. Ch. & Slae 85 (Wr.).
Through routing of the river rang, The roches, sounding like a sang

2. Of bulls, oxen, monsters: Bellowing, lowing, roaring. Also comb. with ill and evil(l. 1513 Doug. iv Prol. 67 (Ruddim.) (see Roust n.1).
Routing [Bann. MS 292a/67 rowtting]
1531 Bell. Boece II 172.
The oxin, at thair pasture, tuke an uncouth rowting, and schot haistely to deith
1533 Boece 380.
Oxin at pasture … making strange lowing and rowting [war] haistelie schot to dede
15.. Law Memor. 185 n.
After ane greit routting and horrible noyes … [a monster] with wanschapen face [etc.]
comb. 1629 Black Sc. Witches 8.
Routting ewill, a strange and suddane diseas … quhairthrow [an ox] was nevir able to ly down, bot routted continuallie till he deid
1645 Old Kirk Chron. 70.
Routin evil
1698 Dumfries Fleshers.
Any unsufficient meat such as routan ill, murivill or any other beast that is … unsufficient

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