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First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).
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Fir(i)kin, -ken, n. Also: fyrry-, fyrre-, firrikin, firiekin. [e.m.E. fyrkyn (1525), firken (1502). Cf. Ferikin.] A firkin. 1568 Edinb. Test. I. 201.
Ane firiekin of saip
1573 Ib. II. 279 b.
Ane fyrrykin of saip
1569-73 Bann. Memor. 173.
Four or fyve last of powder, with some money in firkinis
1648 Glasgow B. Rec. II. 142.
Ane half barrell and firikin of peuder
1681 Blackness Customs 26 b.
Ane firiken cristall tarter
1709 Household Bk. Gr. Baillie 75.
2 firikins butter wighting each 4 stone 13 ounces

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