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First published 1968 (SND Vol. VII).
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PEELY-GRASS, n. Also piligrass. Barley with the husks removed (Uls. 1880 Patterson Gl.).Sc. 1761 Session Papers, Petition G. Buchanan (29 Jan.) 15:
Several Traders in Glasgow manufacture a great deal of Bear into shill'd Barley or Piligrass for Broth.

[Cf. Eng. dial. pail, to beat barley in order to remove its husks and awns, Corn. dial. pellas-gerts, pillas-, the groats from the naked oat or barley, and Pile, n.1]

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