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First published 1971 (DOST Vol. IV).
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Mete, Meit, n.3 Also: meat. [ME. (rare) mete (a 1240), e.m.E. (once) meat (1660), var. of Met n., ? with the lengthened vowel of Mete v.2] (A) measure. = Met n. in various senses. Also attrib. 1425 Acts II. 12/1.
Twa galounis & a half & a chopyn of the auld mete ande of the new mete … ix pyntis & thre muchekynis
1578 Conv. Burghs I. 77.
That na maltman … vse ony half boll metis [etc.]
a1585 Maitland Maitl. Q. iv. 64.
And to vse meit [F. met] and mesour leill
1591 Misc. Spald. C. III. 162.
The customes of strangers guids, the sys toll of girnall goodis, the metis of lyme, wooll, salt, etc.
1595 Skipper's Acc. (Morton) 6 a.
The count of our salte comes to ine the new hauene to xli moyes and xii metis
1657 Galloway P. 28 December.
10 bolls old meat & measer of Glasertoune
attrib. 1518 Selkirk B. Ct. (ed.) 48.
The custummaris to kep the meit weschell, that is to say furlatis, pekis

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