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A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (up to 1700)

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First published 1971 (DOST Vol. IV).

Moul(l, Mowl, Moule, n.1 [? e.m.E. mowle (1565–6), moule (1593), mould, matrix, pattern, F. moule id.: cf. Mold n.2 and Muld(e n.2] a. ? A dressmaker's ‘form’ or dummy; ? the stiffened and padded foundation of a garment. b. ? A pad or ‘stump’ as a foundation for ‘stump-work’ or raised embroidery. —a. 1572 Treas. Acc. MS. 167.
v elnis of rowan canves to be ane moule price of the elne viij s. … to the moule ij pund wecht of hair
1573 Ib. 295.
Holand claith to be mowlis & lyningis
b. 1567 Q. Mary in Misc. Maitl. C. III. 187.
Atour ȝe sall caus make ane dozen of rasene nedillis and mowlis & send me
1669 Edinb. Test. LXXIII. 292 b.
Ane paire of moull and neidle courtens

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