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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Contray, n. [ME. contray(e, -treie, etc., var. of contre(e Contré.] Country. Also contrayman. a1500 Gol. & Gaw. 232.
Thus iournait gentilly thyr … knichtis, Ithandly ilk day, Throu mony fer contray
1530 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 39.
Niniane Iohnnsesone … is clengit and past his way in the contray
1562-3 Winȝet I. 72/16.
In all cuntreis [MS. contrays] and aiges
Ib. 68/9.
Our nobilis and wtheris our countreymen [MS. contraymen]

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