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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV).
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GINN, n. A kind of wild oats. Hence ginnowy, adj. [gɪn]Ork. 1903 G. Marwick Old Roman Plough (1936) 2:
The only agricultural enemy they have to fight against is wile-aits, picht-aits or ginn. This is peculiar kind of wild oats; it is said to have been grown and used by the Picts long ages ago.
Ork. 1929 Marw.:
Just air (a little) o' puir ginnowy stuff.

[? O.N. gin-hafri, a kind of oats.]

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