brae

brae

[brey, bree; Scot. brey, bree]
noun Scot. and North England.
a slope; declivity; hillside.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English bra < Old Norse brā brow, cognate with Old English brēaw eyebrow, eyelid, Old High German brāwa (German Braue); for semantic development, cf. brow

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brae (breɪ, Scottish bre)
 
n
1.  a hill or hillside; slope
2.  (plural) an upland area: the Gleniffer Braes
 
[C14 bra; related to Old Norse brā eyelash, Old High German brāwa eyelid, eyebrow; compare brow]

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brae
"steep slope," in northern England esp. "the sides of a hill," early 14c., from Scot., "slope, river bank," from O.N. bra "eyelash," cognate with O.E. bræw "eyelid," Ger. Braue "eyebrow" (see brow). "The word must have passed through the sense of 'eye-brow' to 'brow of
a hill', supercilium (cf. OE. eaghill 'eye-hill'=eyebrow)" [OED].
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