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Bibill, Bybill, n. Also: bibil(e, bible; bybille, bybyll, bybell, byble; bebell. [ME. bibel, -ill, bible, and bybill, -ylle, byble, etc., OF. bible, L. biblia.]

1. The (or a) Bible.In Bann. MS. 216 a/14 and Buchanan Detect. T i b bybill is probably an error for lybill.(a) 1375 Barb. i. 466.
As men in the bibill seys
c1515 Asl. MS. I. 185/4.
Quhilk is contenit in the bibill
1533 Gau 34/10.
Thay suld first tech thayme the bibil
1549 Compl. 23/29.
Thyr said cheptours of the bibil
1575 6th Rep. Hist. MSS. 707/1.
To by ane bibile to the kirk
1649 Wemyss Chart. II. 233.
My grit brotherd bebell
(b) c1420 Wynt. i. 169.
The bybyll tellys it opynly
Ib. v. 3573.
Saynct Jerome Translated the bybill off Hebrewe
c1552 Lynd. Mon. 2742.
The bybill sayis it wes no les
1572-5 Diurn. Occurr. 68.
Ane bybill … coverit with fyne purpourit veluot
1581 Acts III. 211/1.
That houshalderis haif bybillis and psame buikis
1619 Edinb. Test. L. 265.
Ane bybill, price foure pundis
1622 Misc. Bann. C. III. 200.
In his buithe … twa bybillis in Lateine
1664 Mun. Univ. Glasg. II. 339.
The booke of God called the Bybill
(c) 1456 Hay I. 7/23.
As is tald … in the bible
Ib. 69/23.
As the bible beris witnes
1546 Lynd. Trag. Card. 324.
That day quhen I was byschope consecrat, The gret byble wes bound apon my bak
1596 Dalr. II. 266/8.
Quhaeuir wald reid the byble in the Jnglis toung
1681 Foulis Acc. Bk. 94.
To buy a byble
attrib. 1567 G. Ball. 218.
With bybill materis to begin

2. Bibill buke, a copy of the Bible. 1492 Acta Conc. 243/1.
The spoliatioun … of … a bible buk
1586 Edinb. Test. XVI. 183.
He leuis … to his brother … ane bybill buik
1622 Ib. LI. 162.
Ane bybill buik pryce xl s.

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