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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Busk, n.1 Also: buske. [ME. busk (c 1250), ON. busk-r. See also Bus n.] A bush; a thicket.An early example (c 1220) occurs in witnesbusk (q.v.). 1375 Barb. vii. 71.
He … stud intill a busk lurkand Quhill that the hund com at his hand
c1420 Wynt. i. .
A propyr place … Of buskis, bankkis, and of bewys
Ib. vi. 2216.
Off that wode than ilka man In till hys hand a busk tuk than
?1438 Alex. ii. 3633.
Thair I haue beft the busk bare, And ane vthir hes tane the hare!
1456 Hay I. 234/3.
Thare was a blynd man … the quhilk … hid him in a busk
Ib. II. 5/32.
He was walkand … in a thik busk of the wod, quhare there was a grete tree in the myddis
a1500 Henr. Orph. 160.
My bed sall be … In buskis bene with mony bustuos bes
a1500 Rauf C. 797.
He band his blonk to ane busk on the bent broun
1496 Acta Conc. II. 27.
The accioun … anent the entre … to the aucht akeris of the Dam busk
1513 Doug. iii. i. 46.
A litil mote … Quhar hepthorn buskis on the top grew hie
Ib. viii. vi. 84.
Of wild buskis [a] rowch skroggy knoll
1540 Fam. Rose 205.
Benetht the alroun busk vnto the watter of Narn
1549 Compl. 37/21.
Ane grene banc … quhar there vas mony smal birdis hoppand fra busk to tuist
c1552 Lynd. Mon. 991.
In ane busk thay hid thame cloce, Aschamit of the Lordis voce
15.. Lichtoun Dreme 55 (B).
I slaid and fell … Doun in ane midow besyd ane busk of mynt
1611 Davison Poet. Rapsodie 39.
Thou 'ginst … range amid the buskes thy selfe to feede
1614 Aboyne Rec. 217.
The saidis tounes and landis … with … fewall, foigaidge, faill, dovatt, buskis, medowes [etc.]

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