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

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First published 2001 (DOST Vol. IX).

Sparrowgrass, n. Also: sparra- and -grasse. [e.m.E. sparagus (1543), 17th c. Eng. sparrowgrass (1649), sparagrass (1664).] Asparagus. — 1681 Thanes of Cawdor 353.
Garden seids … sweit margorie … sparrowgrass … lamblettuce [etc.]
1682 5th Rep. Hist. MSS App. 610/1.
Sparrow grasse
1700 Binns P. 97.
For a soup with sparragrass kernels and lamb head

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