Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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ALEBERRY, n. (See quots.) Bnff. 1931 12 :
Ale-berry. Oatmeal porridge made with beer. Cf. meal-and-ale.
Abd.(D) 1884  (8th ed.) W. Alexander Johnny Gibb (Gloss.):
Aleberry, n., oatmeal boiled in ale and sweetened with sugar.
Abd. 1910 13 :
Aleberry. Ale gruel.

[In Eng. (obs.) aleberry = ale boiled with spice and sugar and sops of bread; -berry is from O.E. bríw, pottage, which becoming unaccented passed through bre to berry (by fanciful etym.).]

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