Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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BRISMAC, BRISMIC, Brismek, n. “Cusk (a species of cod), esp. a young cusk (while ‘tusk' denotes the species or the full-grown fish)” (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928), brismek), Brosmius vulgaris. [′brɪsmək (Jak.)] Sh. 1906 T. P. Ollason Spindrift 139:
Dat luik seldom fails dee a morsel ta bring, Da tail o' a brismic or lugs o' a ling.
n.Sc. 1807 A. Drummond Prize Essays and Trans. Highl. Soc. of Scot. III. 15:
The torsk, often called the tusk and brismac, is the most valued of all the cod kind, and, when dried, forms a considerable article of commerce; it is only to be found in the north of Scotland.

[O.N. brosma, a fish of the cod kind (Zoëga) + -ak = Sc. -ock.]

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