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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).
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Luf(e)-, Luf-drowry, n. Also: -drowrie, -ré, -droury. [Drowry n.1 2.] A love-token, a love-gift. — ?1438 Alex. ii. 336.
Ane lufe droury he hes thame hecht
a1500 Seven S. 2398.
Ȝour ryng and ȝour luf drowry as my awne body kepe sall I
1513 Doug. v. x. 48.
On a Sydon steyd … quham Dydo … In hir remembrance hym gave and luf [Sm. luif] drowry
Ib. vi. viii. 74.
Thir ar hir last luf drowreis left with me
c1550 Lynd. Meldrum 1005.
He gaif hir ane lufe drowrie, Ane ring set with ane riche rubie In takin that thair lufe [etc.]

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