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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Alsa, adv. [Reduced form of Alswa, corr. to ME. also.]

1. Also, as well. c1400 Troy-bk. i. 473.
All thyr merwalis and mony ma Scho will do, and other alsa
a1400 Leg. S. ii. 14.
He wes firste doungyne … and in Exoma Tholit panis syndry alsa
1413 Ayr & W. Coll. I. 228.
Wnder the pan of xl d. and the hydis chet alsa
1473–4 Treas. Acc. I. i.
Fra the ferd day of the moneth of August … inclusive, to the saide first day of Decembre alsa inclusive
c1515 Asl. MS. I. 249/26.
Constantyne … was callit Erthody and Heb alsa
1549 Compl. 74/4.
Ande alsa, ȝe ar sa diuidit amang ȝour selfis, that nocht ane trouis ane vthir

2. As. (With or without as following). In alsafer, in as far. Alsa sone, promptly. a1400 Leg. S. xviii. 673.
Der laydy, alsa wittirly Of me synful thu haf mercy
Ib. xxii. 734.
The hermyt thane hyme coniuryt sone That, alsa tyt as thai had done, He til hyme … suld cume
1445 Charter (Reg. H.) No. 311.
In alsafer as he may let it at his gudeli powere
a1500 Seven S. 929.
Bot alsa sone this kepand knycht He umbethocht him of a slicht

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