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First published 1941 (SND Vol. II). Includes material from the 1976 supplement.
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BLAVER, Blavert, n. [′blɑ:vər(t)]

1. The cornflower, Centaurea cyanus.Mry. 1838 Lintie o' Moray (1887) 81:
When blue as blavers were our e'en, an' croons wi' cloors did ring.
Mry.(D) 1927 E. B. Levack Stories Old Lossiemouth 30:
Ye'll juist excuse me pitten' aff ma shee in your raisidence, but A've a tae as blue's a blaver an' that swallt it near fills ma shee.
Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.:
‡As blue as a blaver. (Also blavert.)

2. “Blaver is the name of blue-bells” (Tweedd. 1808 Jam. s.v. blawort). Campanula rotundifolia.

3. Long-headed Poppy, Papaver dubium.Mry. 1839 G. Gordon Flora of Mry. 18:
Blavers. Papaver dubium.

4. The violet.Rxb. 1825 Jam.2:
Some give the same name [blaver, blavert] to the Violet. [Now obs., Watson Rxb. W.-B. (1923).]

[Might be a regular ne.Sc. variant of Blawort (see P.L.D. § 137); but its appearance in s.Sc. is irregular. See, however, etym. note to Blevet.]

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