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Hay, n. Also: haye, hey. [ME. hay, hey, ON. hey (OE. héᵹ, híeᵹ).] Hay. 1375 Barb. x. 152.
Offtsys hay to the peile led he
a1400 Leg. S. xxv. 675.
For his bred he send hym hay
c1420 Wynt. iv. 2661.
His bestys twa … He band wp, and gawe thame hay
1456 Hay I. 262/31.
Stakkis of corne or hay
1477 Edinb. Chart. 140.
The merket of haye, stra, gers and hors mete
1507–8 Treas. Acc. IV. 103.
To the curait of Erth for … hay … the Kingis bors eit
1550 Reg. Cupar A. II. 95.
With our hay ledyng in ȝeirlie
1644 Buccleuch Mun. II. 358.
All these who hes hey, corne, and strae
1657 Hay Diary 93.
I was … advysed to maw the hey the next week

b. Attrib. and comb. with hill, hous, raik, stak, ȝard; rucker. 1483 Acta Aud. *113/2.
For the spoliacion of a hay stak
1508 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 118.
At thai bewar with thair candill in thair hay hous
1508 Treas. Acc. IV. 134.
For ... mending of the hay yard and yett thairof
1532 M. Wks. Acc. II. 69.
For doun takin of the auld hay ȝard
1618 Reg. Great S. 133/2.
Cum libertate fenum ibi metendi et ad lie hayhill transportandi
1625 Ib. 300/2.
In regis lie hay-housis
1676 Kirkcudbr. Sheriff Ct. Processes No. 219.
The hay raik that was wpon the kar
1693 Foulis Acc. Bk. 158.
To pay a quart eall to the hay ruckers

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