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First published 1934 (SND Vol. I).

BIRSABLE, adj. (See quot.) [′bɪ̢̈rsəbl]Ork. 1929 Marw.:
Birsable, unruly, intractable, headstrong, fiery-tempered.

[Evidently a local and relatively recent coinage from birse, a bristle (Marw.).]

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