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Colt, n.1 Also: coult. [ME. colt(e, OE. colt, young ass or camel. See also Cowt n.] A young horse. 1424 Acts II. 4/2.
A wilde meir and hir folowar … a colt of thre ȝer and mare of eild
1460 Exch. R. VII. 26.
Pro pabulo sex equorum juvenum dictorum coltis domine regine
a1500 Peblis to Play 54.
Ane ȝoung man stert in to that steid Als cant as ony colt
a1568 Bann. MS. 135 a/20.
Ane colt of a gud stude happynnis to be best
1576 Edinb. Test. IV. 212 b.
Ane fillie and ane coult of thrie ȝeir auld

b. Attrib. with evill, foill (foal), heltir, silver, staig. a1605 Montg. Flyt. 295 (T).
The coirdis, the colt evill, the claspis, and the cleikis
 - 1603 Philotus xcvii.
Scho is a colt-foill, not a fillie
1641 Acts V. 447/2.
That he [the horse] had ane rash colt-heltir in his heid
1495 Reg. Great S. 478/2.
Illam custumam sibi hereditarie contingentem ex suo officio vicecomitatus de Forfar, vulgariter nuncupatam le colt et coltsilver primarum nundinarum burgi de Dunde
1542 Ib. 599/2.
Officium constabularie de Dunde … cum lie colt silver et custumis prime nundine de Dunde
1587 Ib. 485/2.
Lie colt-sylver et custumas the first fair de Dundie
1617 Ib. 629/1. 1583 Edinb. Test. XII. 175 b.
He levis … to Johne McKie … the coult staig that he hes him self
1593 Ib. XXVI. 96 b.
Ane broun colt staig gangand with him self in the watter heid

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