from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A disease of sheep characterized by inflammation of the bowels and retention of the urine: also called the sickness in 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 braksy.

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.

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 17, No. 102, June, 1876 Various

  • 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.

    John Splendid The Tale of a Poor Gentleman, and the Little Wars of Lorn Neil Munro

  • 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.

    The McBrides A Romance of Arran John Sillars

  • "Has he to be put in the heather, and die maybe in a sheuch like a braxy ewe."

    The McBrides A Romance of Arran John Sillars

  • "Very curious," thought Montaiglon, making poor play with his braxy ham.

    Doom Castle Neil Munro

  • 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).

    A Daughter of Raasay A Tale of the '45 William MacLeod Raine 1912

  • 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.

    Mr. Standfast John Buchan 1907

  • However, he gave me supper -- a braxy ham and oatcake, and I bought the remnants off him for use next day.

    Mr. Standfast John Buchan 1907

  • I ate for supper most of the braxy ham and oatcake I had brought from

    Mr. Standfast John Buchan 1907

  • He had eaten grossly of flesh -- the first time since the spring, and then it had only been braxy lamb.

    The Moon Endureth: Tales and Fancies John Buchan 1907


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