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First published 1934 (SND Vol. I). Includes material from the 2005 supplement.
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AIPPLERINGIE, Overenyie, n. Southernwood (Lad's Love, Old Maid's Comfort). (Also: aipplerenzie, appleringie, applereengie (Colville p. 275), iveringie Abd. (ib.) etc.; aipple reengie Ags.; aipple-rhynie Ayr. 1990s) Obs. or obsol. in some districts. [′epl′rɪ̢ŋi, -′riŋi, -rɛnɪ̢ Sc.; ′ovə′rɪ̢ŋi Abd.]Sc. 1877 Dr A. Sidey Raestane Ha' iv.:
Oh! I gi'ed ye the apple-ringie, The Hielant plaid ye wan frae me! An' here is half the gowden ringie We brak' or I gae'd ow'r the sea.
Abd. 1825 Jam.2:
Overenyie, Southernwood. Artemisium abrotanum [sic], Linn.; elsewhere Appleringie.
em.Sc. (a) 1891 I. Maclaren Kate Carnegie 230:
The women had . . . in their Bibles . . . sprigs of apple-ringy and mint, and other sweet-scented plants.
Fif. 1872 Mrs G. Cupples Tappy's Chicks 287:
And conspicuous amongst them were tall bushes of southernwood, or “appleringie.”
Slg.1, Ayr.2 1931:
I am familiar with it both in Slg. and Ayrshire.
Lnk. c.1840 Janet Hamilton Poems (1885) Old Memories 65:
Appleringy and spearmint — the old folk's delight — With bachelor's buttons both yellow and white.
Lnk. 1923 G. Rae 'Mang Lowland Hills 70:
Twae pair o' een a' watery wi' the strength O' aippleringie stown ower Kirsty's gate.
Lnk. and s.Sc. 1931 per Lnk.3:
Aippleringie. Quite common in south of Scot.
Ayr. 1912 G. Cunningham Verses Maistly in the Doric 71:
Wi' its bawm, aipple-ringy, and roses.
Ayr. 2004:
There was a bush of apple ringie in the garden of my parents' house - I remember its wonderful smell when you rubbed the leaves together.
w.Dmf. 1917 J. L. Waugh Cute McCheyne, A Sprig of Appleringie 178:
From the bosom of her black satin gown she took out a sprig of southernwood. . . . “It's only a wee bit o' appleringie, Maister Carstairs,” she said.
Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B. 40:

[Lat. abrotonum, Gr. αβροτονον; Mod.Fr. aurone, through abrotne, avrodne, aurodne (Hatzfeld-Darmesteter). Anglo-Fr. averoine. Abrotane, aprotane also occur in O.Fr. Mod.Fr. dial. forms are ivrogne, avrogne. The first part of the Anglo-Fr. form has in Sc. been assim. to aipple (exc. in the Abd. forms with over-, iver-), “a change which may be paralleled in the place-name Applecross for Abercrossan. There would seem to have been an association of the smell of southernwood with that of the apple; cf. ‘the deil's applerennie' (s.v. Deil) for wild camomile; camomile is from Gr. χαμαιμηλον, ‘earth-apple'; similarly an association with the smell of the lemon accounts for Fr. citronnelle, ‘southernwood'” (J.O.). Apillrenze occurs in Dunbar Devorit with Dreme, last stanza, but the meaning is obscure. The second element, -renze, pronounced either -rengie or -rennie, would normally represent in Sc. the Fr. -roigne, -roine.]

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