Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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AITLIFF CRAP, n. (See quot.) Ayr. 1825 Jam.2:
Aitliff crap. In the old husbandry, the crop after bear or barley.

[Origin uncertain. Derived by Jam. from “Ait, oats, and Lift, to plow [an old Ayrshire word which is unknown except for this ref. to it by Jam.] . . . written Oat-leave by Maxwell.” According to Jam. oat-leave is the ground after it has been cropped for oats (see Jam. Bear-leave). This is not consistent with Jam.'s own definition of aitliff. Otherwise liff might be a reduced form of lave, leave, O.E. lāf.]

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