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A type of scone or bannock.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in Dorothea Campbell (1792–1863), poet and novelist. Probably from the unattested Norn cognate of Norwegian regional (Buskerud) bryne slice of bread or cake (of uncertain origin; perhaps from the same base (with i-mutation) as Norwegian brun, with reference to the colour when baked), with ending remodelled after -y.
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