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First published 1986 (DOST Vol. VI).

Quadrilaps(e, Quadrulaps(e, adj. (n.2) Also: quadre-, quadra-. [L. quadri- and lapsus p.p. of lābi to slide, fall.] That has fallen four times into the sin of fornication. Also absol. as noun. — 1595 Misc. Maitl. C. I 74.
Fornicatrix with Robert Fynnie and Robert Cravfurd as quadrulaps
1628 Dundonald Par. Rec. 238.
Margaret Galloway, quadrulaps fornicatrix
1630 Kirkcaldy Presb. 21.
Being quadrilapse in fornication
1633 Strathbogie Presb. 6. 1645 Kirkcaldy Presb. 290.
1647 Lothian and Tweeddale Synod 224.
absol. 1612 Fife Synod 47.
Murthereris, incestuous, adultereris, and quadrulaps in fornicatioune
1647 Ib. 151.
Whither trelapse or quadrulapse in fornication shall satisfie as adulterers
1680 Craven Ch. in Orkney I 92.

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