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First published 1976 (SND Vol. X). Includes material from the 2005 supplement.
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BRAINCH, n., v. Also brench. Sc. forms of Eng. branch (Ags. 1892 A. Reid Howetoon 59; Slk. 1899 C. M. Thomson Drummeldale 46; Kcb. 1901 R. Trotter Gall. Gossip 16, Per., Fif., Lth., Ayr. 1923–6 Wilson; Bwk. 1942 Wettstein; Rxb. 1942 Zai). See P.L.D. § 48.1. [brenʃ]m.Sc. 1985 William J. Rae in Joy Hendry Chapman 40 18:
A royal eagle, wi a rabbit stappit in his beak, lichtit on a brainch abune Ogilvy's nest and pit his bit prey doun for a meenit or sae.
m.Sc. 1988 William Neill Making Tracks 51:
O braid bussie bourtree
yir flooers are aa gane,
yir leaf flitters doun nou,
yir berries are taen,
an the brainch souchs abune
as I walk here ma lane.
Edb. 1991 J. K. Annand in Tom Hubbard The New Makars 19:
A kirkyaird was my gairden,
A grave my bed o flouers,
And frae my green tree's brainches
The flourish fell in shouers.
em.Sc. 1999 James Robertson The Day O Judgement 17:
Win tae, frae west an east alike,
Swarmin like bees aroun a brainch
When risen up frae oot the byke.

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