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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Blake, Blaik, a. [e.m.E. and ME. blake, ME. blaak(e, OE. blace, blaca, etc., declensional forms of blæc Blak a.] Black.Recorded early in various place-names, as Blakepol (c 1190), Blachedene (c 1200), Blakewel (c 1220), Blakeburne (c 1250). Blakesike (c 1270). Also in blakerode, the ‘black rood’ (a 1350 Chron. Lanercost 261). 1570 Leslie 14.
James Stewart, commonly callit the blake knight
1569-73 Bann. Memor. 286.
The blake oxe hes neuer trampit vpoun your foute
1572 Buchanan's Detect. U 2.
The amelyng that is about [the sepulture] is blake
1580-92 James VI Lusus R. 46.
This claiey dregg … is blake melankolie
1628 Sutherland Corr. 148.
The blake naig ye bocht to him
1649 Wemyss Chart. 231.
My blaik tafiti goun

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