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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Child-ill, n. Also: childe-, chyld-. [Child n. 5.] Pains of child-bearing. 1375 Barb. xvi. 274 (E).
It is the layndar … That hyr child ill [H. euill] rycht now has tane
c1420 Wynt. vi. 494.
Hyr chyld-ill … Travalyd hyr sa angyrly, That suddanly thare wes scho dede
1492 Misc. Bann. C. II. 145.
Scho tuk hyr child-ill, and … was deliuerit of hyr byrth
c1515 Asl. MS. I. 218/29.
Within vj days efter for diseis scho toke hir child ill
1533 Boece viii. xiv. 284.
Ada … in hir childe ill with hir birth deceissing

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