from The Century Dictionary.

  • Same as brickle.
  • Apt to break through a field: said of cattle.
  • noun Broken pieces; fragments; rubbish.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Of food odors: malodorous, flatulent, pungent: smelling of sulfur, hydrogen sulfide, or hydrogen disulfide.
  • adjective Of animals: variegated, speckled, multicolored; usually used in the phrase brockle-faced.


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Uncertain: possibly from Scots, Back-formation from broccoli.


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  • When ye are come to your own land, Mr. Johnson, ye will find that brockle-faced stot there afore you; and I trust ye will comb him weel.

    Copper Streak Trail Eugene Manlove Rhodes 1901

  • "_George_ WASHINGTON PUGG; will you come and testify?" said the Squire with an emphasis on all the names, but rising and fairly hammering the last; when a greedy-eyed, brockle-faced, over-grown blade of seventeen opened up like a flax-brake, and loped forward over chairs and benches, responding in a houndish flat-and-treble voice, "_I_ reckon I'll

    Summerfield or, Life on a Farm Day Kellogg Lee


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