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(Maidin-,) Maydyn-, Madin-child, n. Also: madenand -chyld(e, -schyld. [ME. mayden-child, maȝȝdennchild (Orm), e.m.E. maiden-child, OE. mǽdencild.] A female child. = Maidin-barn(e, Maidin n. 1 c. c1420 Wynt. vi. 1248 (see Knave n. 1).
Madyn- [W. madin-, C. maydyn-] child
1533 Boece vii. v. 229 b.
Apoun hir he begat ane madyn chylde
1579 Black Bk. Taymouth 142.
And it be ane madin schyld scho salbe ane commund voman
1608 Edinb. Test. XLIV. 64. 1625 Alyth Par. Ch. 63.
[He] haid two maden children baptizit

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