from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Seaweed gathered for use as a fertilizer or fuel.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as wrack, 1 .


From Auregnais vraic ("seaweed"). (Wiktionary)


  • Then the gathering of the vraic was a fete, and the lads and lasses footed it on the green or on the hard sand, to the chance flageolets of sportive seamen home from the war.

    The Project Gutenberg Complete Works of Gilbert Parker

  • As he spoke he sat down and began to crush a bit of vraic between his fingers.

    The Spanish Chest

  • In June there's a second harvest when only the poor people may cut the vraic for a few weeks.

    The Spanish Chest

  • The faint path presently ended in piles of red granite, still wet from the sea, in places slippery with vraic, as the Jerseymen call the seaweed used as fertilizer for their land.

    The Spanish Chest

  • After the meal, some of the men carted away the _vraic_ to the farms over the cliffs, where it would be used to enrich the land.

    Where Deep Seas Moan

  • A little cottage on the moorland; a rose red _vraic_ fire; Ellenor seated in a low chair, beside her a cradle; on her lap, a little baby, with wide sad eyes like hers.

    Where Deep Seas Moan

  • A dusky red glowed in her tan cheeks; her eyes, shining with excitement and the joy of work, followed the skilled movements of the sickle she swung to and fro, and she was entirely absorbed in gathering in the precious _vraic_.

    Where Deep Seas Moan

  • Rich and poor from two parishes chatted, laughed and worked hard with sickles at cutting the _vraic scié_ from the low rocks.

    Where Deep Seas Moan

  • "Aye, but what means she by kissing and arm-getting with a priest?" cried a snarling vraic-gatherer.

    The Project Gutenberg Complete Works of Gilbert Parker

  • The thing itself would break the daily monotony of life and provide hushed gossip for vraic gatherings and veilles for a long time to come.

    The Project Gutenberg Complete Works of Gilbert Parker


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  • so very true

    May 6, 2010

  • Norman dialect word for seaweed (cf. wrack) in the Channel Islands and in Channel Island English. See vraicking.

    October 1, 2009