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Bruche, n. Also: brouch. [ME. bruche, brouch, rare variants of brooche, broche: see Broche n.] A brooch. a1400 Leg. S. xxviii. 19.
Men wil it ta And set it in bruchis & in ryngis
1493 Acta Conc. 287/2.
A siluer regne [= ring] , … twa bruchis
1496 Reg. Episc. Aberd. II. 167.
Vnum monile aureum cum tribus rubeis vulgariter a bruche
1513 Doug. vii. vi. 194.
With goldin bruchis … from thar brestis dovne
1549 Reg. Episc. Aberd. II. 196.
Ane of the bruchis to my lordis caippis
1565 Inverness B. Rec. I. 126.
Ane bruche of sylwer contenyng iij unce
1577 Hay Nobility 14.
The buckles called bruches in gold upon a barre of silver
c1590 Fowler I. 385/240.
On Diomeds cote of armes Thou spyed the little bruche
1604-9 Grahame Anat. Humours 31.
Pomanders, … combs, brouches
1621 Edinb. Test. LI. 63.
Ane dosone of littel bruches

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