moorburn

noun
moor·​burn | \ ˈmu̇(ə)rˌbərn \

Definition of moorburn

1 Scottish : the burning of a moor to improve the pasturage
2 Scottish : an outburst of temper

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History and Etymology for moorburn

Middle English(Scots) murburn, from mur, mor moor + burn

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“Moorburn.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/moorburn. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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