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A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (up to 1700)

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First published 1971 (DOST Vol. IV).
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Moder-thowng. [ME. (Wyclif) and e.m.E. modyr, moder tonge, moder tunge: cf. ON. móður tunga and Mother-t(o)ung and Mothers toung.] One's mother tongue, one's native language. — a1500 Henr. Fab. 31 (Makc.).
In moder [H., Ch. mother] thowng of Latyne I walld preif To mak a maner of translatiowne

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