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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV).
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GLEESH, n., v. Also deriv. gleeshach (Abd. 1932 R. L. Cassie Sc. Sangs 31).

I. n. 1. A large bright fire (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 65, gleesh).Ib.:
That's a gleeshach o' a fire, it wid rost a geese at the door.

2. A large bright flame.Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 65:
The great gleeshachs o' glaims gede gleedin' hyne oot at the lum.

II. v. To burn with a strong, clear flame (Ib., gleesh).

[Variant of Greesh, n.1, Greeshoch, q.v.]

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