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smeddum

/ˈsmɛdəm/
noun (Scot)
1.
any fine powder
2.
spirit or mettle; vigour
Word Origin
Old English smedema fine flour
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  • It wasn't your father—he hasn't the smeddum of a flea—but he wouldn't send you to do what he dassn't do himself.

    Rainbow Valley Lucy Maud Montgomery

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