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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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(Awald,) Awat, n. Also: avauld, avall, avot. [Of obscure origin; recorded by Jamieson in the forms awald, award, awall, awal, avil, and awat. The change of final -ld to -t occurs also in scherald.] ‘Land lying the second year without being ploughed; lea of the second year’ (J). 1538 Prot. Bk. Sir J. Cristisone 64.
Insuper promisit eidem Margrete … infra ly avauld tres firlotas avenarum
1552 Prot. Bk. Sir A. Gaw 24.
viij bollis of muckit land, viii bollis of avot land, aucht bollis of ley land
1556 Prot. Bk. T. Dalrymple 46.
He sall hef … twa aickeris of reid land, ane of thame in the ebrek, the tother in the awat
1628 Dumfries Test. I. a. 179.
To saw … pairt on the lay, ane vther pairt on the avall, ane pairt on the thrid furre

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