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First published 1976 (SND Vol. X).
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WRAT, n. Also wratt (Sc. 1729 R. Wodrow Analecta (M.C.) IV. 96), rat (Fif. 1899 Proc. Philos. Soc. Gsw. XXXI. 44); rawt (Rnf. 1835 D. Webster Rhymes 87), wraught (Ayr. 1891 H. Johnston Kilmallie II. 89); wrait (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.). Sc. met. forms of Eng. wart (Abd. 1768 A. Ross Helenore (S.T.S.) 37; Lnl. 1772 Edb. Ev. Courant (22 Aug.); Sc. 1808 Jam., Kcb. 1901 R.Trotter Gall. Gossip 126; Per., Fif., Lth., Ayr. 1915–26 Wilson; Bwk. 1942 Wettstein; Rxb. 1942 Zai; m., s.Sc. 1974). Hence wrattie, adj., warty, having warts (Sc. 1825 Jam.), wrattiness, a warty condition (Cld. Ib.). Combs. (w)rat-weed, -wort, the sun-spurge, Euphorbia helioscopia, the juice of which was used in folk-medicine as a cure for warts (Rxb. 1923 Watson W. B.). Also in Eng. dial.

[O.Sc. wrett, 1610, wrat, 1629, E.M.E. wratte, id. For sim. met. forms cf. M.L.Ger. wratte, Du. wrat.]

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