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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Blak Mon(an)day, n. Also: Monon-, Monunday, Monnunda. [ME. blake Monunday (? 1359), blak Monday (c 1435); various reasons are given for the name, which is referred below to the sufferings of the English army in France in 1357.] Easter Monday. 1385 Rotuli Sc. II. 73/2.
Thay sall certifie … opon Blak Monday that next cummis befor none
a1447 Bower Fordun's Scotichr. xiv. xvii.
[Propter hoc hucusque in Anglia feria secunda Paschæ Blak-mononday vulgariter nuncupatur
1461 Liber Plusc. I. 301.]
Qui postea in Angliam transiens hunc diem Lunæ Paschalem Blac Monunday usque in hodiernum diem vocavit
1489 Treas. Acc. I. 108.
On Blak Monnunda, the xxti da Aprill
a1570-86 Clapperton Maitl. F. lxxix. 1.
In Bowdoun on blak monunday Quhen all was gadderit to the play

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