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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Bullet, Bollat, n. Also: bulet, bullit, -at, -ot, -ed; bowlat, boillatt. [e.m.E. bullet (1561), bollet (1557): see Billet n.]

1. A bullet or ball.(a) 1525 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 221.
The artilȝery, gunnis, puldir, bullettis, or vther municiouns now being in the castel
1538 Treas. Acc. VI. 414.
The compt of the bowlattis of irne … The bowlattis of bersis
1539 Ib. VII. 216.
For ane irne bullot coft in Leith
1546 Reg. Privy C. I. 54.
With bullettis for cannonis, bastardis, myanis, double falcoun
15.. King Berdok 38.
Thay … proppit gunis with bulettis of raw daich
1566 Inv. Wardrobe 171.
Certane chanyeit bullettis of leid for battard, moyan and falcone
1572 Peebles B. Rec. 352.
All thame that hes gunnis to haif thame at all tymes baith nycht and day in ane reddynes with sufficient pulder and bullettis
1585 Elphinstone Mun. 22.
In the letill wolt under the greit hall ane greit nummer of bullattis
(b) c1615 Chron. Kings 106.
He wes hurt … with ane lead bollatt on the heid
Ib. 122.
He is schott with ane boillatt of leid

b. In collective use. 1557 Edinb. B. Rec. III. 18.
Pulder and bullet furnist … to certane artailye
1569-73 Bann. Memor. 53.
He brocht … some powder, some bullet
1614 Highland P. III. 169.
That pouder and bullett sall be spent
1626 Conv. Burghs III. 237.
Tuentie aucht peace of ordinances, with such quantite of pouder and bullett as is necessar
1629–30 Misc. Spald. C. V. 103.
For careing the puder and bullet to the hill
1685 Soc. Ant. LVIII. 357.
2 pair of kams for casting of musket and pistoll bollat

2. Attrib. with stane (or stone). 1631 Edinb. Test. LV. 80b.
Ane irone chimnay … speit, raxes, tangis, porring irone, and bullet stane
1632 Ib. 231.
Ane bullet staine
1653 Ib. LXVII. 45.
Ane flesh cruik with ane bullet stone

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"Bullet n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 20 Jun 2024 <>



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