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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).
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Haring, n. Also: hairing, harinng, -yng, -ein, -on. [Var. of Hering n. Cf. MDu., MLG. harinc, harink (Du. haring), and F. hareng. In the mod. dial. as hairin.] Herring. Also attrib. with net. — 1493 Halyb. 101.
Quhen he past to Handwarp to by his haryng
To lois his haryng
1547–8 Treas. Acc. IX. 146.
Item to Johnne Patersoun … to get haring to be send to Dumbar castell
1634 Wedderburn Gramm. 15.
Halex, an hairing
1692 Presb. Eloq. (ed. 2) 81.
Now he is shot, there lies the foul thief as dead as a haron
1657 Balfour Ann. III. 299.
The fishing of harinngs
attrib. 1535 Aberd. B. Rec. MS. XV (J).
Ane harein nett
1583 St. A. Test. II. 21 b.
Thre harein nettis

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