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Haly water, n. Also: haly-, hali-, halie, halé and watter, watir, wat(t)yr, walter, va(l)ter. [Northern ME. haly water (c 1440), midl. and south. holy watre, holywatyr, early ME. haliwater (a 1225), OE. háliᵹ.wæter.]

1. Holy water. c1420 Wynt. v. 1236.
Haly watyr swa fyrst made he
Ib. 1241.
Syne he bad … that Haly Wattyr ay Suld be made on the Sownday
1495 Reg. Episc. Brechin II. 317.
To kast haly watter on thar grawys
c1500-c1512 Dunb. xxx. 44.
In me wes falset … Quhilk mycht be flemyt with na haly watter
1567 G. Ball. 194.
Requiem eternam fast thay patter Befoir the deide, with haly watter
1581 Burne Cath. Tr. 118/1.
Of Halie Valter
1584 Sat. P. xlv. 307.
Halie water and lamber beidis

2. Attrib. with fat, stane, stik, stop. c1420 Wynt. ix. 599.
Of sylvyr the haly wattyr fate
1488 Treas. Acc. I. 83.
Ane halywater fat of siluer
1530 Lindores Chart. 33.
Twa haly walter fatts with cowferyngs
1547 Misc. Spald. C. V. 313.
The chapell graith of silver, that is to say … ane haly water fatt
1498 Glasgow Dioc. Reg. II. 67.
Per traditionem aspersorii, wlgariter le haly water styk, in manibus … fratris Willelmi Howstoun
Tradere le haly water styk et stop
1547 Edinb. Hammermen 172.
ix trouchtis, … ane anent the hale walter stane of the northt kyrk duyr

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