Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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BALLOCH, n.1 A narrow mountain pass. [′bɑləx] Sc. 1883 Lord Saltoun Scraps II. iii.:
North, south, and east were three high round hills, with two passes or ballochs between them.
Slk. 1750–1800 J. Hogg Farewell to Glen-Shalloch in Jacobite Minstrelsy (1828) 263:
I'll sing thee to rest In the balloch untrodden.

[Gael. and Irish bealach, a pass.]

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