from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A disease of sheep characterized by inflammation of the bowels and retention of the urine: also called
the sicknessin some parts of Scotland. The name is also given to a variety of other diseases of sheep.
- noun A sheep having the braxy; hence, the mutton of such a sheep.
- Affected or tainted with braxy: as, braxy sheep; braxy mutton. Also spelled
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun Scot. A disease of sheep. The term is variously applied in different localities.
- noun A diseased sheep, or its mutton.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun countable an inflammatory disease of sheep
- noun countable sheep that have died a natural death
- noun uncountable meat from sheep that have died from this disease
- adjective sick with braxy
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They lived mostly on what they managed to raise and rear among themselves -- holding braxy mutton good enough for feast-days, and oatmeal porridge all the year round the finest food for men and bairns alike.
Long after, it would come back to me, the oddity of that spectacle in the hollow -- a man in a red fealdag, with his hide-covered buckler grotesquely flailing the grass, he, in the Gaelic custom, making a great moan about his end, and a pair of bickering rooks cawing away heartily as if it was no more than a sheep in the throes of braxy.
Indeed, it was a matter of a braxy ewe, and the poor beast lay at the hedge-side and the blood clotting at her throat, for Dan had bled her, and the briars o 'many a brake trailed behind her.
"Has he to be put in the heather, and die maybe in a sheuch like a braxy ewe."
"Very curious," thought Montaiglon, making poor play with his braxy ham.
In the chill dawn I awoke to a ravening hunger that was insistent to be noted, and though my eyes would scarce believe there was Donald Roy cocked tailor fashion on the heath arranging most temptingly on a rock scone sandwiches of braxy mutton and a flask of usquebaugh (Highland whiskey).
After breakfasting on my last morsels of food -- a knuckle of braxy and a bit of oatcake -- I set about tracking him from the place where he had first entered the glen.
However, he gave me supper -- a braxy ham and oatcake, and I bought the remnants off him for use next day.
I ate for supper most of the braxy ham and oatcake I had brought from
He had eaten grossly of flesh -- the first time since the spring, and then it had only been braxy lamb.