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Corn, Corne, n. Also: korne, cornne, coirn. [ME. corne, korn(e, corn, OE. corn.]

1. Corn, grain. Also fig. 1375 Barb. x. 187.
This ves in-till the harvist tyde, Quhen feldis … Chargit with corne assouerit var
1402 Reg. Panmure II. 184.
Quhil the corne be sawyn agayne
c1420 Wynt. ii. 354.
He gert that sevyn yhere gadryt be Alkyne korne in swylk plente
Ib. vii. 3610.
Be that vertu all hys land Off corn he gert be abowndand
1456 Hay I. 262/30.
Grangis, bernis, or stakkis of corne
1466 Acta Aud. 4/1.
The cornne, cattale and gudis that thai tuke out of his landis
a1500 Bk. Chess 1356.
This teileman has a huke to cut his corne
c1500-c1512 Dunb. xxxix. 23.
Husbandis that … had … Cattell and corne … Hes now no beist but cattis and myce
1526 Carnwath Baron Ct. 26.
The takin away vrangusly of iij stowkkis of corn & agane the law
c1530-40 Stewart Bann. MS. 88 b/86.
Schaip sum remeid for Godis deite, And lat no moir the weid ourga the corne
a1568 Scott i. 150.
Thy pursevandis ar socht To pund pure communis corne
1587-99 Hume iii. 224.
The beastes beliue Are turned fra the corne
fig. a1400 Leg. S. xxi. 634.
Fore to gowerne haly kyrk, & in to Godis corne to wyrk
1560 Rolland Seven S. 1383.
Quhair thay best culd try out the cryme, And clenge the caffe out fra the corne

2. pl. Kinds or crops of grain.In common use between 1400 and 1700.(a) 1375 Barb. x. 189.
Syndri cornys … Wox rype to wyn to mannys fude
c1400 Troy-bk. i. 271.
Cornys, treys, herbys and froyttis
c1420 Wynt. iii. 234.
All thare cornys hale he stroyid
1450 Reg. Episc. Brechin I. 147.
The said cornis sawin in sindry placis in halchis
1477 Edinb. Chart. 141.
The mele merket of all grane and cornes
1483 Acta Conc. II. Introd. 109.
The … withhalding … of the oxin, ky and cornis of the samyn priory
1503 Aberd. Sheriff Ct. I. 48.
Thai culd not acquit the said personis of the spoliacioun of the said cornis
1541 Elgin Rec. I. 62.
The etting of thair cornis … fra beirseid tyme till haruist
1555 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 225.
The haill maltmen, baxteris, and vtheris induellaris … ar thirlit to grynd their cornis at the commone mylnis
1577 Prot. Bk. J. Scott. 37 b.
Efter the corneis … be schorin and seperatit fra the ground
1594 Misc. Spald. C. II. 124.
Ye said that nycht ye vald pas and vise the cornes of Salterhill
1596 Dalr. I. 31/21.
Argyle … to beir kornes … is verie vnmeit
1624 Misc. Abbotsf. C. 144.
Ȝe keipit not the hie gait, but went in throught the cornes
1645 Glasgow B. Rec. II. 89.
They appoynt … James Fergisoune to cognosche vpon the loisses of this toune by cornes cuttine and plunderit
1663 Stitchill Baron Ct. 25.
For hydeing and conceiling of his cornes in the yaird unteynded
1689 Aberd. B. Rec. IV. 311.
The corns and other grouth … eaten and destroyed by … Major Mackay his forses
1715 Coll. Aberd. & B. 36.
The corns here are also good
(b) 1565 Rec. Earld. Orkney 371.
The said Wm. hes gevin doun off the rentaill this yeir because the coirnis is euil
1572 Mun. Irvine I. 65.
Provyding the samyn be nocht to the distructioun of the coirnes that salhappin to be growane upoun the saidis landis
1616 Crim. Trials III. 587.
The Scottismen, as loch-leitches, and wormes in coirnes, drinkis out the sap of ȝour cuntrie, and soukis out ȝour merche

3. A single grain; a particle. (Cf. Curn n.) 1490 Acta Conc. 156/1.
Sawing estymeit to the thrid corne
Sawing estimeit to the ferde corne
1609 Skene Reg. Maj. 153 b.
They grind it over small … , quhere it sould be broken in twa or thrie cornes [L. particulas] in the mylne
1638 Dumfries Test. I. 17.
The sawing of ane boll brashloche estimat to the third corne, extending to thrie bollis brashloche
1683 Coll. Aberd. & B. 104.
Some of it, when rightly manured, will render the seventh or eighth corn

4. Attrib. and comb. with ark (chest), barrel, couper, drink, etar, eting, fauld, feild, firlote, girnell, grange, huke, kist, leiding, measour, mendis (amends), mercat, pek, pipe, pock, rig, scat, sek, skep, sled, stak, teind, waine. 1623 M. Works Acc. XVIII. 2.
My Lord Erskynes meill girnell and corne ark
1592 Edinb. B. Rec. V. 57.
To caus the aipill, ungyeoun and corne barrellis to be merket with the sam merk
1596 Edinb. Test. XXIX. 156 b.
Thomas Hucheoun, corne coupper, in Alyth
a1605 Montg. Son. lxviii. 11.
My bee's aloft, … It getts corne drink, sen Grissall toke the bed
14.. Acts I. 342/1.
[Actions against] all corne etaris in Nythtdale with ther catall, vnwitting of thaim that aw the corne
1497 Treas. Acc. I. 356.
Quhar the King baytit, to the folk that plenȝeit of the corne eting
1508 Antiq. Aberd. & B. III. 127.
The litle haugh … on the suthest syd of the corn fauld
1595 Bamff Chart. 141.
Passand … linalie to the waster dyk of the eistmest corne fald … of Ardormy
1622-6 Bisset II. 433/7.
The bounds of the cituatioun is presentli cornefeild land
c1650 Spalding II. 378.
The heritouris of cornefeild landis lyand about
1686 Brechin Test. VII. 162 b.
Ane corne firlote with ane row
a1586 Maitland Ho. Seytoun 76.
The rebells … taking from his servantts all the keys of his corne and salt girnells
1660 Lamont Diary 156.
A new stare to the corne-girnell
1685 Soc. Ant. LVIII. 363.
A corne girnell with a division in it
1513 Doug. ii. viii. 106.
The corn grangis, and standand stakkis of hay
a1500 Bk. Chess 1320.
At his belt [he has] a corne huke and a knyf
1616 Edinb. Test. XLIX. 99 b.
Twa corne huikis, price of baith fyve schillingis
1634 Ib. LVI. 329.
The corne kist, price fowr pundis
1680 Foulis Acc. Bk. 39.
I have this day put in the corne kist 2 bolls oats and a boll peas
1581 Reg. Great S. 146/2.
Teilling, harrowing, … corne leiding
1627 Dumfries Test. I a. 141.
The growthe … estimat to ten bollis corne meassour
1603 Shetland Sheriff Ct. 87 b.
For disabedience of the foldis dwme in nocht payment of thair corne mendis to William Bruce
1604 Ib. 135. 1552 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 172.
Quhair as ye schrink till mak ane corne mercate … with your commoun gude
1627 Edinb. Test. LIV. 55 b.
Ane corne peke
1549 Compl. 42/24.
I beheld mony hudit hirdis blauuand ther buc hornis and ther corne pipis
Ib. 65/22.
The feyrd [playit] on ane corne pipe
1675 Stirling Comm. Good 92.
For tua meall pocks and twa corne pockis
1636 Misc. Spald. C. V. 225.
Gif … any of them hapins to win or holl ony firr within thair corne rigs
a1651 Calderwood VI. 49.
[He] was slaine by the way … in a cornerig
1497–1503 Soc. Ant. XVIII. 265.
[In Sanday, etc., malt scat was paid in barley, and called] beir scat, … and corne scat
1567 Bamff Chart. 71.
Ane corne sek
1685 Soc. Ant. LVIII. 366.
A corne skep
1571 Inverness B. Rec. I. 203.
Tuay mukkin sleddis and tuay corne sleddis
1513 Doug. viii. Prol. 97.
Sum trechour crynis the cunȝe, and kepis corne stakkis
1569-73 Bann. Mem. 71.
A corne stake and a barne
1623 Falkirk Par. Rec. I. 29.
[The piper of Smallburn] confest to passing to the cornestacks, and pyping upone the said Sabathe
1602 Shetland Sheriff Ct. 15.
The … corneteind and wtheris teindis
1618 Edinb. Test. L. 161.
Ane cornewaine and ane muck waine
1628 Ib. LIV. 306 b.
Ane muke waine & ane corne waine

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