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Hup(e, Houp, n. Also: hwp(e, huip, ho(w)p. [North. ME. hupe (1485), e.m.E. houpe (1530), north. howpe (1520), e.m.E. and ME. hoop, ME. hop, OE. hóp.]

1. The circular wooden frame which surrounds the mill-stones of a mill and preserves the meal from being lost (J). 14.. Acts I. 334/2.
That … thai occupy mar space betwen the hup [L. inter le hop] and the myln stan … than law wald
1554–5 Edinb. Old Acc. I. 151.
To John Duncane for ane pair of new huppis to Mawars myln
1563–4 Ib. 464.
For four yrne bandis to the wester mylne; to ane pair of new houpis
1594 Reg. Privy C. V. 194.
Thay … brak the stanes, quheillis, … huipis and gangand graith of the said milne

2. A hoop, of various kinds. Also attrib.(1) 1487 Acts II. 179/1.
That ilk burgh haue thre hupe irnis convenient herefor, ane at ilk end of the barell & ane in the middis
(2) 1499 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 77.
A littill quhyte wand … with a hupe of quhyte irne at the end
1598 Treas. Acc. MS. 85 b.
Dager crampettis, hwppis, and the rest of the decoirmentis [of the sword]
(3) Cf. Loup n.1 2 and 2 b. 1538 Treas. Acc. VII. 9.
Gevin for vj uncis of gold for the traping of the howpis and fassis of the said caparisoun
1582 Ib. MS. 36.
Blak satyne silk to be howpis to his hienes clock
1582 Ib. 87 b.
Thre hankis … of siluer to be huipis to the clock and jwpe

b. The tire of a wheel. Also attrib. 1538–9 M. Works Acc. V. 27 b.
To the schoing of twa pair gret cart quhelis in schoing nalis, dowlstraikis, verollis & hupis

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