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First published 1941 (SND Vol. II).
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BLEM, BLEN, n. [blɛm, blɛn]

1. Blem. (1) “A blue mark, a blemish” (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928), 1914 Angus Gl.); (2) “a faint bluish cloud of smoke” (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928)).

2. Blen. (1) “Breaking surf” (Ork. 1929 Marw.); (2) “a blue stripe or spot of cloud” (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928)); (3) “the direction which smoke takes, a wisp of smoke” (Ib.); (4) “a spot, a blemish” (Ib.).

[Cf. O.N. blāmi, lividness, and O.N. blāna, to become blue (Zoëga). See also Blaem.]

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