Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A Scotch form of brimstone.

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Examples

  • Spairges about the brunstane cootie, [Splashes, dish]

    Robert Burns How To Know Him

  • Fill'd fou o 'lowin' brunstane, [full, flaming brimstone]

    Robert Burns How To Know Him

  • Horror whaur it stood; the auld, deid, desecrated corp o 'the witch-wife, sae lang keepit frae the grave and hirsled round by deils, lowed up like a brunstane spunk and fell in ashes to the grund; the thunder followed, peal on dirling peal, the rairing rain upon the back

    Masterpieces of Mystery, Vol. 1 (of 4) Ghost Stories

  • An 'at that moment the Lord's ain hand out o' the heevens struck the Horror whaur it stood; the auld, deid, desecrated corp o 'the witch-wife, sae lang keepit frae the grave and hirselled round by deils, lowed up like a brunstane spunk and fell in ashes to the grund; the thunder followed, peal on dirling peal, the rairing rain upon the back

    Stories by English Authors: Scotland (Selected by Scribners)

  • He maun smell the brunstane o 'the everlastin' burnin's.

    Alec Forbes of Howglen

  • And yet here's the congregation dwin'lin 'awa', and the church itsel 'like naething but bees efter the brunstane.

    Alec Forbes of Howglen

  • ` ` There's no saying anent that --- zeal catches fire at a slight spark as fast as a brunstane match, '' observed the secretary.

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian

  • "There's no saying anent that -- zeal catches fire at a slight spark as fast as a brunstane match," observed the secretary.

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian, Complete

  • “There’s no saying anent that — zeal catches fire at a slight spark as fast as a brunstane match,” observed the secretary.

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian

  • a brunstane spunk and fell in ashes to the grund; the thunder followed, peal on dirling peal, the rairing rain upon the back o 'that; and Mr. Soulis lowped through the garden hedge, and ran, wi' skelloch upon skelloch, for the clachan.

    Merry Men

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