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First published 1968 (SND Vol. VII).
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REED, n.3 Also read.

1. The fourth stomach of a ruminant, the abomasum (Sc. 1808 Jam.). Technical or dial. in Eng. Also in comb. reed bag, id.Kcb. 1789 D. Davidson Seasons 72:
A ca'f-reed carrier Samuel Noll.
Sc. 1801 Scott Letters (Cent. ed.) XII. 184:
The reed is also vulgarly used to describe a part of the tripe.
Peb. 1829 Trans. Highl. Soc. I. 49:
The liver is in the immediate neighbourhood of the reed, or rather its lobes spread over it.
Sh. 1898 Shetland News (29 Jan.):
A bit of the reed, or sparl-pudding skins, beside a collop or two.
Rxb. 1958 Trans. Hawick Arch. Soc. 29:
Teen Elder's tripe was famous (ma bairns whiles hed half the bray drukken oot the jug on the way h'yim, and sometimes the reed bag was missin' tae).

2. Rennet, as made from 1.Sc. 1846 Sc. Farmer (20 March) 96:
I shall describe the method of preparing the rennet or reed or earning.

[O.Sc. reid, the stomach of an animal, c.1450, O.E. rēada, id.]

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