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First published 1968 (SND Vol. VII).
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RODD, n., v. Also rud, rude (Jam.), ruth (Cai.). [Cai. rʌd, rʌθ]

I. n. Fish or frog spawn (Ayr. 1808 Jam.; Cai. 1904 E.D.D., rud, Cai. 1956). Comb. puddock ruth, frog spawn (Cai.9 1939). Also in Eng. dial.

II. v. To spawn. Ppl.adj. rodding, spawning.Slg. 1795 Stat. Acc.1 XV. 321:
It is said that the raising of the Damhead of Partick mills, upon the Kelvin, is the sole cause why the fish come not up in rodding time to the Glazert.

[O.Sc. roding, spawning, 1496. Of obscure origin. See note to Redd, n.2, v.2]

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