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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV).
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GROSELL, n. Also grozel, grossel, grozzle, groosel; grizzle (Dmf. 1825 Jam.). A gooseberry (Rxb. 1802 J. Sibbald Chron. Sc. Poetry, Gl., grosell; Rxb., Dmf. 1825 Jam., grozel, grozzle; w.Dmf. 1899 Country Schoolmaster (Wallace) 349; Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B., ‡grossel, ‡grozel, groosel). Cf. Groser, Groset.Dmf. 1836 A. Cunningham Lord Roldan III. ii.:
An auld chuckie, such as Jean, wad hae luppen at me, like a cock at a grozel.
Lnk. 1910 C. Fraser Glengonnar 148:
I . . . wished I was sittin' in the beil' o' a grossel buss in Glenlea kailyard.

[Fr. groseille, id., O.Fr. groselle, grozelle.]

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