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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Craip, Crape, Creap, n. Also: craipe, craipp-, crap(pe; crep, creip, creep. [F. crêpe, whence also later Eng. crape (1685).]

1. A band of crape serving as an ornament or addition to an article of dress. 1512 Treas. Acc. IV. 205.
To lyne the said coit, three dussone of Franche crapis
1542–3 Ib. VIII. 174.
Deliverit to him for gentill wemen, thre crapis
1549 Ib. IX. 336.
For foure craipis of hudis bocht and deliverit to my lord governoures self
1562 Ib. XI. 228.
Ane craip of silver
Ib. 240.
Twa craipis of silk
1575 Edinb. Test. III. 362.
Craipis for huidis
1587 Ib. XVIII. 54.
Four craipis of siluer for gentill wemen huidis
1591 Treas. Acc. MS. 27 b.
Twa hattis lynit with taffatie … twa craippis thairto
1601 Tailor's Acc. Bk. MS. 16.
Payit for ane craip to your lady
1610 Brechin Test. II. 102.
Tua siluer & gold craipis
Tua creipis off taffitie
a1651 Calderwood VII. 55.
The bishops were ordeaned to have their gownes … with tippets and craips about their craigs
1699 Wemyss of Bogie MSS.
Hatts, craps, and gloves to the coachman [of the hearse]

2. The fabric crape.(a) 1562 Treas. Acc. XI. 190.
To the saidis pagis and allacais xviij bonettis … xviij elnis of craip to thame
Ib. 217.
For lviij elnis of quhite craip
1570 Soc. Ant. VI. 52.
vj quarteris of craipe to Grangis dwll
1580 Treas. Acc. MS. ii b.
Foure stringis of craip with the fasis thairto
1582 Ib. 41.
Craip of silk to be stringis to his hienes hattis
1596 Fraser Papers 228.
Tua hattis lynit with velvet with tua stringis of craip
1603 Philotus xxvii.
With doubill garnischings of gould, And craip aboue ȝour hair
1612 Bk. Rates 296.
Of silk or braid craip the dozen elnis, … narrow craip the eln, … curle craip the single peice
(b) 1580 Aberd. B. Rec. II. 36.
Ane felt hatt witht the creip
1618 Wedderburn Compt Bk. 135.
At his first hamecuming from Ingland he suld gif me a hatt and a string of crep
1631 Edinb. Test. LV. 136 b.
Four scoir ellis silk creap
1661 Funeral Acc. MS. i. 4.
14 ells of creaping creap
1688 Reg. Privy C. 3 Ser. XIII. 310.
Tuo pices midlen love, 1 ps. silk creep
1694 Inchmahome Priory 162.
Tuo window courtines of whyte creap

3. attrib. Woven as crape; made of crape. 1565 Treas. Acc. XI. 368.
vj unce of silk of quhite craip buttonis
1575 Edinb. Test. III. 362.
Tua craip collaris … borderit with quhite silk
Ane craip collar cantelȝeit with quhite silk
Ib. 365.
vj collaris of craip volent of bailloun
1583 Ib. XII. 339 b.
Foure thrawne craip stringis
1595 Ib. XXVIII. 296 b.
xxv elne braid craip worsett
1687 Montgomery Mem. 339.
Ane love vaill and ane creap one
1699 Edinb. Test. LXXX. 356.
Ane old crap string

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