nounScottish, British, Midlands English dialect
1Small stunted trees or bushes collectively; a thicket.
2Broken bricks or stones, rubble; waste material; (more generally) rubbish.
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.