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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Caddas, Caddes, n. Also: cadas, cades, kaddes. [e.m.E. caddas, caddis, -es(se, ME. cadace, cadas, OF. cadas, cadaz.]

1. Cotton wool, flock, or similar material used for padding. 1473 Treas. Acc. I. 15.
For graith to a doublat of red crammacy satin, braid clath, cadas and stuf
1474 Ib. 23.
ij½ elne of satyne for a doublat to the King … Item for caddes to the samyne doublat, xvj d.
1500 Ib. II. 21.
Ane pund caddas to the samyn [doublet]
1501 Ib. II. 106.
For caddas to stuf the litil coffrez with jowales
1551 Ib. X. 30.
For caddes and stenting canves to his doublet
1566 Ib. MS. 51.
To thair dowblettis … ij pund of caddes
1597 Skene Verb. S. s.v. Actilia.
Ane forme of armour … maid of taffitie, ledder, or linnen claith, stuffed with caddes
1612 Bk. Rates 293.
Caddes the pound thairof in woll x s … Caddes spun in yairne the pound xv s.
Ib. 297.
Dornix with caddes or woll

2. Attrib. with candil, point, weik (wick). 1512 Treas. Acc. IV. 298.
For iijc pund caddas candill
1582 Edinb. Test. XI. 275.
Thrie dosane of caddes pointis
1646 Ib. LXII. 18.
Twa staine caddes weiks

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