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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III).
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ESS, EAS, n.2 A waterfall (Mry.1 1925). Most commonly found in place-names such as Bridge of Ess, Aberdeenshire, the Ess of Glen Latterach, Morayshire.Mry. 1838 D. Macdonald Mountain Heath 115:
Save the hoarse murmur of the stream, That fed the rapid ess.
Arg. 1914 N. Munro New Road xx.:
It occupied an eas — a deep cleft of the hill where through a burn went churning.

[Gael. eas, waterfall, cataract.]

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