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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Bed-claith, -clayth, n. Also: -claithe, -clath.  Pl. also -clais. [e.m.E. and ME. (14th c.) bedclothes, ME. bedclothe (15th c.).] A sheet or blanket; pl. bedclothes. — a1500 Seven S. 1442.
The hound lap wp on the bed clathis
1583 Glasgow B. Rec. I. 100.
For helping and support of him to his bed clais
1595 Edinb. Test. XXVIII. 297 (ane dowbill bedclayth). 1597 Ib. XXXI. 93 b (his bed claythis, viz. ane couering … ). 1597 Misc. Spald. C. I. 192 (ane beast cuming aboue his bed claithis). 1628 Edinb. Test. LIV. 254 b.
Ane coller claithe, ... ane bred ribbenit bed claithe, all of lining

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