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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Bisset, n. Also: bissett, -eit, -att. [F. bisette ‘plate of gold, silver, or copper, wherewith some kindes of stuff are striped’ (Cotgrave).] A narrow lace, trimming, or edging for garments. Usually in pl.(1) 1562 Inv. Wardrobe 154.
Thre curtenis of crammosie dames … enrichet vpoun the seames with a litle bisset of gold
1577 Edinb. Test. V. 351.
Thrie beltis of bisseit
(2) 1565 Treas. Acc. XI. 350.
v. unce of blak bissettis and practikis contenand lxxx elnis
1571 Edinb. Test. II. 192 b.
Certane remanis of bissettis, pasmentis, and of garting worsat … xviij elnis of reid bissettis
1578 Inv. Wardrobe 221.
Ane uther [gowne] of blak figurit velvot … wrocht with small silver bissettis wantand bodeis
1586 Edinb. Test. XV. 109.
Tua pund of lugget bissettis of silk
1593 Lennox Mun. 463.
Any clething … with ony kynd of pasimentis … bissettis, lillekynnis, cordownis, or frenȝeis of gold
1597 Edinb. Test. XXX. 161 b.
Ane pund … bissettis and lillykynis

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