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Parabol(e, Parabil(l, n. Also: parrabil(e, parable. [ME. and e.m.E. parabil(e (a 1325), -ble (c 1380), -bole (c 1450), OF. parabole, L. parabola.] A parable, in the usual applications.(1) c1460 Wisd. Sol. 514.
[He] maid … mony parabolys full of wertew
a1500 Henr. Fab. 2589 (Ch.).
Esope … first father of this fabill Wrait this parabole
(b) c1475 Wall. i. 16.
Of thir parablys as now I say no mor
c1515 Asl. MS. I. 318/28.
Salamon quhilk … wrait the bukis of sapiens prouerbis and parabilis
1579 Misc. Bann. C. II. 196.
Parabill of wikkit manred
1622-6 Bisset II. 388/14.
Quhat comparisone be parabill problame or symilitude can be maid
(2) c1520-c1535 Nisbet I. 10.
Ib. 11.
a1538 Abell 34 a.
The parabill of the man at sew gude corn
1562 Q. Kennedy Ressoning 11/17.
Oure salueour had spokkin in parabolis
1567 G. Ball. 35.
c1590 J. Stewart 248.
His [Christ's] pithie prudent parabols

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