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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).
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Kem, Keme, n. [North. e.m.E. kem(e (1583), var. of Kame n. with vowel of Kem v.] A comb. b. A horsecomb. c 1450 Misc. Maitl. C. III. 203.
Thrie kemmis, ane of evor
1546 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 236.
Certane kemmis, worsettis, spectikyllis
c 1590 Thanes of Cawdor 196.
For ane keme xij d.
1621 Edinb. Test. LI. 63.
Thrie falding caisis to hald kemis
1645 Aberd. Sheriff Ct. III. 44.
A keise with the bruiche and kemis
A lint quheill with kaird and kemmes
b. 1540 Treas. Acc. VII. 411.
For bridill bittis, hors kemmys [etc.]

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