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Cannel(l, n. Also: canell, cannal, canneill. [ME. cannell, canell(e, canele (c 1205), OF. canele (F. cannelle, Du. and Flem. canele, caneel).]

1. Cinnamon. c 1489 Liber Aberbr. 262.
ii li. cannel, xxxii s.
1495 Halyb. 22.
ij dossin gyingar, ij li. canell
1496 Treas. Acc. I. 279.
For tua vnce of cannel to the King
1504 Ib. II. 445.
To William Foular, potingair, for … half ane pund cannell … to the Quene
1517 Caldwell Fam. P. 56.
Twa punds of clowis … Tua punds of cannel
1533 Boece ix. i. 287.
Serupis plesing to the taist with succoure, cannell, and rois watter
1546 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 125.
Clowes, cannell, mases, … saffroun and siclyke
1562-3 Winȝet II. 59/22.
Of the graiwis of cannal [L. de cinnamomi surculis] and balme
Aberd. B. Rec. (J).
Twa pund lang cannell
1567 Edinb. Test. I. 59 b.
Fyve pund wecht of cannell, price of the vnce thre s.
1587–8 Dundee Acc. MS.
Schoirschitis and succer vpone cannel
1593–4 Ib.
Cannell, clowes, and orrengeris
Schorcharttis and canneill
1591 Edinb. Test. XXIII. 266 b.
Ten pund of cannell roman, price of the pund xxviij s.
1596 Elgin Rec. II. 45.
Scho maid the same [plaister] of swynis sawine, rossat, walx, blak peppir, hony, and cannell
1601 Treas. Acc. 95 b.
Certane stark oylis of cannell, and vther medicamentis to hir maiesteis vse
1610 Crim. Trials III. 100.
Ȝe pilleit and robbed furth of Thomas Snellingis bark … tua pakis of cannell
1651 Pittenweem B. Rec. in Stat. Acc. IV. 376 (J).
Some great bunns, and other wheat bread … , baken with sugar, cannel, and other spices fitting
1689 A. Hay St. Germain's Royal Phys. 50 (J).
Aromaticks, of cannel, cardamoms, clowes, ginger

2. Attrib. with box, confect, confeit, watter. 1596 Edinb. Test. XXIX. 262 b.
Sax buistis of cannell confectis at ix s the buist
1624 M. Works Acc. XVII. 10.
Ane buist of cannell confeittis
1635 Edinb. Test. LVII. 140 b.
Twa pyntes cannell water
1666 Annandale Corr. 309.
A littill more cannell watter wold doe weille
1672 Foulis Acc. Bk. 3.
For halfe a mutchkin of cannell water when my wife was sick
1693 Ib. 154.
Spent … for 2 gills cannel water
1685 Soc. Ant. LVIII. 353.
A cannell box of silver

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