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First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).
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Delytable, -abil(l, a. Also: -abile, -abyll(e, delitable, -abil(e, -abill, dylitabylle. [ME. delitable (c 1290), -abyl, OF. delitable.] Delectable, delightful.(a) 1375 Barb. i. 1.
Storys to rede ar delitabill, Suppos that thai be nocht bot fabill
a1400 Leg. S. xvi. 174.
The word to say, The quhilk is delytabil ay
Ib. 308.
With met [The] maste delytabile thu may get
c1420 Wynt. i. 31.
For romans to rede is delytabylle
Ib. ii. 728.
At that land wes profytabille, And tyll all levyng dylitabylle
1513 Doug. ix. iii. 61.
Nymphis … throw fomy fludis gray Scheryng with braid brestis delytabill
1533 Boece iii. i. 90 b.
Eder … extemyt na thing mare plesand nor delitabill than with hundis and rachis chais the dere
(a1570-86 Dunb.) Maitl. F. xxxvii. 120.
Janus, god of entres delitabill
(b) ?1438 Alex. ii. 6829.
Alsua is the cumpany Delytable, glaid and ioly
1456 Hay I. 85/35.
The thing suld be erest chosin, the quhilk is mare delytable
Ib. II. 133/26.
Drynkis delytable and plesaunt
a1499 Contempl. Sinn. 1210.
Hell is a hole … Quhar licht is langorus and no thing delitable
c1500-c1512 Dunb. G. Targe 120.
Ianus god of entree delytable

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