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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Bressale, Bres(s)ell, n. [e.m.E. bresill, bresyle. In Sc. usually Brissell.] Brazil; brazil-wood. Also attrib. 1501 Treas. Acc. II. 64.
For half ane pund bresell
1542 Acts & Decr. I. 141.
Ane ganging staf of bressale
1575 6th Rep. Hist. MSS. App. 658/1.
For ane wand of bressell
1643 Edinb. Test. LX. 239 b.
Tuentie bressell stalfes

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