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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Bylis, Biles, n. pl. [e.m.E. byles (1530), F. billes, pl. of bille ball.] A variety of the game of bowls. 1501 Treas. Acc. II. 130.
To the King, to play at the bylis with John Anderson
1565 Aberd. B. Rec. MS. XXVI (J).
Goif, kylis, bylis, & sic wther playis
1565 Randolph Cal. Sc. Papers II. 142.
[I had the honour] to playe a partie at a playe theie [the Scots] call the biles
1573 Elgin Rec. I. 136.
Payt … for playing aill quhilk he tint at the bylis this instant ȝeir

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