One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Scottish and Irish English. A piece of low-grade peat or turf with the grass on it, used especially as fuel.
2An unkempt or unrefined person.
3US. Either of two shiners (family Cyprinidae), small North American freshwater fishes: the common shiner, Luxilus (or Notropis) cornutus, and (more fully "roughhead shiner") N. semperasper.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Inventory & Account Book Lord Buccleuch. From rough + head.
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