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First published 1971 (DOST Vol. IV).
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Marbil(l)-stane, n. Also: marbile-, -byl(l)-, -bell-, -ble-, merbill- and -stone. [ME. (c 1200) and e.m.E. marbel-, marble-ston(e. Cf. Marbre-stane n.] Marble. = Marbil(l n.(1) c1400 Troy-bk. i. 224.
Castellis and palais mony one … wrought of marbile-stone
Ib. 337.
The greces gray … maid of marble-stane
c1420 Wynt. i. 236.
The tothir [pillar] wes made of marbyll stane
a1500 Henr. Fab. 233 (Bann.).
Hurte men wrytis in the marble stane
1513 Doug. i. ix. 23.
As we se … the quhite polist marbill stane schyne
Ib. vi. xv. 6. a1538 Abell fol. xvi a.
In ane tomb of merbill stone
(2) 1535 Stewart 33614. Ib. 48838.
Constantyne … Wes crownit king vpone the marbell stone
c1550 Lynd. Test. Meldrum 61. 15.. Clar. v. 126.
The palice close wes fairlie paythit new With marbill stonis reid, whyte and blew

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