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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV).
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GLOTTEN, v., n. Also glouten. Also in n.Eng. dial. [′glɔtən, ′glʌutən]

I. v. 1. To thaw gently (Lth., Rxb. 1825 Jam.; Lnk. c.1920).Lth., Rxb. 1825 Jam.:
There was only a glottenin the day. Sometimes pronounced gloutenin (Rxb.).

2. Found only in ppl.adj. glottenit, of a river: slightly swollen and discoloured, and vbl.n. glottenin, a slight swelling (in a river) (Ib.).Ib.:
A river is said to be glottenit, when it is a very little swelled, its colour being somewhat changed, and the froth floating on its surface.

II. n. “A partial thaw, in consequence of which the water begins to appear on the ice” (s.Sc. 1808 Jam.; Rxb. 1825 Jam.).

[Cf. O.Sc. glotnyt, 1513, of obscure origin and somewhat uncertain meaning, phs. “suffused, overspread with something wet, esp. blood.”]

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