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Cake, Caik, n. Also: caick, cayk. [ME. cake (c 1230), kake, ON. kaka. See also Kake n.] A cake, esp. an oat-cake; a bannock. ?1438 Alex. ii. 4017.
Ane knaif that is nocht worth ane caik May slay ane gude man with ane straik
a1500 Gol. & Gaw. 103.
Thi schore compt I noght ane caik
1503 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 97; Ib. 98.
Thir ar the personis … that ar convict be ane assys for the baiking of caikis, nocht kepand the pais vsit and wount
c1540 Lynd. Kitteis Conf. 89.
He … cryit, colleris, beif, and coillis, … Caikis, and candill [etc.]
a1568 Pedder C. 51.
That pedder brybour, … He tellis thame ilk ane caik by caik
1560 Rolland Seven S. 8000.
Scho countis not all ȝour cunning worth a caik
1558-66 Knox I. 123.
The French men … learned to eatt … caikes, which at thare entrie thei skorned
1578 Inverness B. Rec. I. 263.
Thai ar dischargit … for paying of any maill … except the said serwice callit servitium forensicum wyth caik and pudding
1604 St. A. Baxter Bk. 67.
That naine fra this tyme furthe sall baik ony vastellis or caikes to be cuttit in four quarteris
1623 Chron. Perth 91.
She put her bairn thro' an cake made of nine curries of meat … an common practice used for curing barnis of the cake mark
1694 Ann. Banff II. 217.
Ane pynt of aqwawytie and ane caick of bread to them

b. The land of cakes, Scotland. 1659 Blairs P. 178.
I am in the land of cayks wher all miseryes doe sheeme to me mirth and giofulnes

2. A flat piece or mass, esp. of lead. 1529 M. Works Acc. I. 6.
Ane stane of leid to the casting of certane caikis abon the voltis
1539–40 Treas. Acc. VII. 349.
Gevin for the fraucht of liij pece of coppir in fodmellis and caikis
1584 Edinb. Test. XIII. 337.
Ane hundreth caikis of quhyt irne
Ib. XXIX. 321 b.
Tua caikis of leid, price of the caik xl s.
1615 Chron. Perth 18.
The corps of Sir Harrie Lyndesay … brocht fra Striveling to Perth … within ane caik of leid
1638 Rec. Univ. Aberd. 410.
That the mantling caike be taken aff and inlargit, and cleittis put under the lang caikes for highting of them, all of leid
1673 Glasgow B. Rec. III. 169.
For taking aff … twentie thrie caickis of leid aff the Hie Church

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