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First published 1971 (DOST Vol. IV).
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Mother-in-law. (e.m.E. motherelawe (1526), mother in lawe (1540): cf. Moder-in-law .) A step-mother or a mother in law. — 1560 Rolland Seven S. 195.
Praying to put hir sone fra companie … of ladyis aw, And in speciall fra his mother in law
1664 Rothesay B. Rec. 93.

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