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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Chist, Chyst, n. [e.m.E. and ME. chist, OE. cist, replacing the usual Sc. Kist.]

1. A chest. 1555–6 Edinb. Old Acc. II. 55.
For ane chyst of Eistland buird to the Provest seittis
c1590 Fowler 378/56.
Of sorrowes all I am the case, Of cares I am the chist [: breist]
1616 Wedderburn Compt Bk. 282.
1 chist of glas
1623 Orkney Bp. Ct. 48 b.
Efter finding the chist broken
1653 Soc. Ant. XXIII. 300.
One candle chist
1694 Inchmahome Priory 162.
In the laigh backroom … ane large chist
1700 Misc. Spald. C. III. 184.
That he wes present when the chist wes sealled, … but he heard that they had taken out the back of the chist, and putt it in again

2. A coffin. 1676 Greyfriars Interments 471.
Iohn Muirhead, a child; without a chist
1693 Ann. Banff I. 97.
His chist. his winding sheet, nails to it and making of it

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