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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III).
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CLING, n. “The diarrhœa in sheep” (Lth., Rxb. 1825 Jam.2). See also first quot. s.v. Breakshugh.Peb. 1802 C. Findlater Gen. View Agric. Peebles 401–402:
Diarrhœa, or Cling, or Breakshaw, is a looseness, or violent purgation, which sometimes seizes sheep after a hard winter, when they are too rashly put upon young succulent grass. .

[Of the same origin as Cling,v. from the wasting effects of the disorder (cf. Clung, ppl.adj. (1)).]

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