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  • v. to dissipate the sap of vegetables, by exposing them abroad to the weather. Hay is said to be raited when it has been much exposed to an alternacy of wet and dry weather. Speaking of flax, Mr Marshall says— ‘From the “line-pit” it is carried to the “rating-ground,” a piece of unbroken aftergrass, where the sheaflets are untied, and the flax spread thin upon the grass... Here it lies until it be sufficiently “rated;” namely, until the more woodlike substance of the stems will separate freely from the filaments or flaxen fibres, while these remain yet untainted.’ Source: PROVINCIALISMS OF EAST YORKSHIRE;BY MR. MARSHALL; 1788.

    January 12, 2018