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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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(Alive,) Alyve, adv. Also: alyu(e, alywe, allyve. [ME. alive, alyve (13th c.), also o live, on live, OE. on life "in life". In Sc. use under Engl. influence. Cf. Alife adv.] Alive.c1500-c1512 Dunb. lxxxix. 3 (the Iustyest one alyve). 1513 Doug. ii. x. 143 (we remanyng alyve). 1562-3 Winȝet I. 133/26 (the haill warld at this praesent alyue). a1578 Pitsc. I. 319/11 (gif he could be comprehendit allyue). 1596 Dalr. I. 251/11 (thay war takne alyue). 1614 Highland P. III. 160 (to no fleshe alyiue). 1639 Haddington Corr. 177 (the gretest knau alyu).

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