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Unnumerabill, adj. Also: unnumerabyll, -able, unnoumerable, unnowmerabil(l, -able, unnomerable, unumerabile, -able, wnnumerabill, wnnwmerable, wnnowmerable, -mirable, wnumerabile, onnumerabil, onnowmerabill. [Late ME and e.m.E. vnnumerable (c1400); Noumerable adj.] Innumerable, countless. Also const. to (persons). Also absol. = Innumerabil(l adj.(a) c1400 Troy-bk. ii 1222 (C).
That in hys yhemsale had & cure Wnnowmerable [D. vnnovmerable] fayr tresoure
c1420 Wynt. iv 2161 (C).
The Romanys … Be thousandis … Wnnowmirable [R. Innowmerabill, W. Innomerable] in to that feycht With dyntis downe to dede war dicht
1456 Hay I 57/4.
The Romaynis … met thame … in bataill rangit … with peple unnowmerable
a1500 Henr. Orph. 314 (Ch. & M.).
Thy grete paynis to compt vnnowmerabil [Bann. wnnwmerable, Asl. innomerable]
1490 Irland Mir. I 98/12.
The sternis of the hevin and sand of the seye are vnumerabile, sa suld be saif wnumerabile pepil throu the merit of the blist child
1490 Irland Mir. I 116/33.
The multitud of thame that sal folou him … sal be wnumerabile to men
1490 Irland Mir. II 32/34.
1528 Lynd. Dreme 221.
1533 Boece 75b.
1535 Stewart 43476.
Brokin men … And murdereris … And sueir swyngeouris … Vnnumerabill that mycht nocht weill be tald
a1578 Pitsc. I 39/19.
Sa money and wnnumerabill plaintis was gewin in
(b) 1513 Doug. vi xi 53.
The flude Lythee … About the quhilk pepill onnowmerabill [Sm. vnnomerable, Ruddim. vnnowmerabil] … fleys fast
1549 Compl. 83/19.
absol. 1456 Hay I 48/19.
[He] gave … bataill to thame of Cartage … and slewe of thame unnoumerable
a1568 Wedderburn in Bann. MS 279b/75.
Vnnvmerable thair is and sa salbe Off crewale vicius men

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