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First published 1986 (DOST Vol. VI).

Posthume, adj. (n.) Also: -hwme, -home, -um(e. [e.m.E. (1591) and F. (1560 in Godef.) posthume, L. post(h)umus last, latest, posthumous.] a. adj. Of a child: Born after the death of its father. b. absol. as noun: A posthumous child. Also fig.a. 1590 Douglas Chart. 297.
Togidder with the mariag of the bairnis posthume male or femall
1592 Colquhoun Chart. 161. 1595 Edinb. Test. XXVIII 26.
He leuis his part of his frie geir … to his bairneis foirsaidis lewand and posthume
1655 Douglas Chart. 339.
To the posthome child now in her belley
1671 M.P. Brown Suppl. Decis. II 576.
The time she lay in of a postume child
1682 Ib. 25.b. 1569–70 6th Rep. Hist. MSS. App. 655/2.
Tutrix datyue to her dowchtar youngar … and forther to the posthwme quhen sall God sall [sic] pleis
1606 Rollock's Thess. Dedication.
What … kyndnesse ye haue uttered … towardes his relict and postume
1623 Brechin Test. IV 102 b.
To Andro Alexander & the postum in his wyifis vombe gif ony be
fig. 1631 R. Skene in Craig v 3.
Having collected the … papers of this subsequent poesie the posthumes of a worthie penne

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