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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV).
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GINGE, n. Also ginch. Ginger (Bnff.7 1927; ‡Abd.27 1954, ginge). Gen. used attrib. [dʒɪndʒ, dʒɪnʃ]Sc. 1732 Chrons. Atholl and Tullibardine Families II. 388:
I wish you could get me other two ginge loavs.
Sc. 1736 Mrs McLintock Receipts 5:
To make a Ginge Cake.
Bch. 1804 W. Tarras Poems 93:
Ginch bannocks sweet mak noble food, To chew wi' reestit herrin.

[Back-formation from Gingebreid, ginchbread, q.v.]

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