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[burs; Scot. birs] /bɜrs; Scot. bɪrs/
noun, Scot.
a short hair of the beard or body; a bristle.
anger; rage.
Origin of birse
before 900; Old English byrst; cognate with Old High German borst, burst, Old Norse burst. See bristle Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The souter gae the sow a kiss; "grumph," quo' she, "it's for a birse."

    The Proverbs of Scotland Alexander Hislop
  • But I am still puzzled to dispose of the birse in a (p. 089) becoming manner.

  • My birse rose at this, which I regarded as a rank treason in any man that spoke my own language even with a tartan accent.

  • Footnote 28: A birse, or bunch of hog's bristles, forms the cognizance of the Sutors.

  • A week later birse told me that the congregation had decided to regard the incident as adding lustre to their kirk.

    The Little Minister J. M. Barrie
  • And I saw him,” said birse, “put up his hand atween him and the Book, as if he thocht it was to jump at him.

    The Little Minister J. M. Barrie
  • birse knew well what the thing was called, but the word is a staggerer to say in company.

    The Little Minister J. M. Barrie
  • Hendry Munn,” said birse, “stood upon one leg, wondering whether he should run to the session-house for a glass of water.

    The Little Minister J. M. Barrie
  • birse was a little behind, but a conversation was being kept up by shouting.

    The Little Minister J. M. Barrie
  • I had mostly forgot to speak of the birse for cleaning out the pan, and the piker for clearing the motion-hole.

    The Life of Mansie Wauch David Macbeth Moir

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