One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounEnglish Regional, Midlands, Scottish, Northern
1Small stunted trees or bushes collectively; a thicket. Now Scottish.
2Broken bricks or stones, rubble; waste material; (more generally) rubbish. Now English regional.
3Shale, occurring in a thin stratum, often found just above the coal seam.
Middle English (in an earlier sense). Probably partly from Anglo-Norman ramail, ramaile, ramayle, ramale, Anglo-Norman and Old French ramayl, Anglo-Norman and Old French, Middle French ramaille (French regional ramaille) branches, loppings from rame branch + -aille, and partly from Old French, Middle French ramelle branches from rame branch + -elle.
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