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Fever, n. Also: fevyr, fevir(e, feveir, fevare, feaver; fewer, fewir(e, fewyre. [ME. fever(e, fevire, fevoure, etc., early ME. fefre, OE. fefer, fefor. See also Fiver n.]

1. Fever. Also in pl. a1400 Leg. S. xi. 31.
Of fewire & parlesy Vith word thu heilis anerly
Ib. xxv. 117.
Sa fel fewyre has hyme tane
c1420 Wynt. v. 1211.
The feveris tyll hym tuk he
1456 Hay II. 120/6.
Of it cumis all unthrifty maladies, as feveres, fluxis, perleseis
a1500 Henr. Fab. 312 (A).
As in a fever trymblit fut and hand
1497 Treas. Acc. I. 336.
Gevin to Watte Sangstar … quhen he lay seke in the feueris
1533 Boece ix. xi. 313 b.
Hereapoun followit ane fevir throw lang rest corruptit be ane catarr
a1578 Pitsc. II. 190/19.
The quenis grace tuik ane gret fewir
Ib. 315/1.
The king of France … depairted in the fevir
a1605 Montg. Flyt. 308 (T).
The feveris [H. feaveirs], the totteris
1622-6 Bisset II. 168/4.
He wes bittin be ane vowlf in huntting of the quhilk enschewed ane fevare

2. With distinguishing epithets: fever agu, cartane; hait fever.(1) c 1420 Liber Calchou 451.
Qwil a man is in the feuer agw he suld et na flesch
c1420 Ratis R. 179.
Thir thingis … Wyll smyt men that are hail & fere, The fewir agow, the sarnes of E
c1500 Crying of Play 57.
For cald scho tuke the fever cartane
1540 Lynd. Sat. 2188 (B).
It is ane bane of Sanct Brydis cow, Gude for the fevir cartane
(2) a1500 Henr. Test. Cress. 515.
With hait fewir ane sweit and trimbling Him tuik
1531 Bell. Boece II. 110.
The Scottis, in thir dayis, knew na maner of hait fever
1549 Compl. 24/11.
The lord sal sende pestilens on thé, the heyt feueir. … ande all euil seiknes
c1552 Lynd. Mon. 5098.
Ȝitt strykith he … Sum be hait feueris violence
a1578 Pitsc. I. 112/30.
He tuik the heat fewer and dieit
Ib. II. 318/2.
Thair was no towne … bot it vas vesitit with gret seiknes and speciallie the het fewir
1596 Dalr. I. 246/16.
Scotland for al that, … euin as of the hett fevir, lang was frie
(3) 1623 Elgin Rec. II. 182.
The sea fewer and the land fewer, bot and the head fewer and the hart fewer

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