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First published 1941 (SND Vol. II).
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BURIAN, n. “A mound, a tumulus; or, a kind of fortification” (s.Sc. 1808 Jam.).Dmf. 1795 Stat. Acc.1 IV. 522:
There are a great number of cairns or burians; also many circular unclosures on hills and eminences.

[From ablaut form burg- of O.E. beorgan, to hide, protect.]

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"Burian n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 12 Jul 2024 <>



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