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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).
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Holy, Holly, a. Also: holie, hollie, houlye. [e.m.E. holy, holie, holly, freq. used in place of Haly a. after 1550.] Holy, in various contexts.(a) c1550 Lynd. Meldrum 1.
The holie man Job
1560–1 Edinb. Old Acc. II. 118.
Ane chellice of the holy blud
c1568 Lauder Minor P. i. 314.
Most holy God-makairs
1558-66 Knox II. 432.
The speiking of the Holie Goist
Ib. cxvi. 2.
He … that luifis not … holy kirk
a1570-86 Maitl. F. cxiii. 17.
To reid … the holie writ
a1578 Pitsc. II. 68/1.
As for holie watter
c1590 J. Stewart 250 § 200.
His holie voundis
(b) a1578 Pitsc. I. 138/28.
Wnder the pain of curssing … of hollie kirk
Ib. 349/26.
God and the hollie gost
1611-57 Mure Hist. Rowallane 236.
The holly ghost
For most holly ends
(c) c1590 Fowler II. 91/21.
Seing they ar … by a houlye providence reuled

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