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First published 1971 (DOST Vol. IV).
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Mur(e)-evil, -ivill, n. = Mure-ill n. 1611 Brown Paisley I. 222.
[Was fined in ten punds for killing a cow having the] mure evil [and the selling the beef]
1698 Dumfries Fleshers.
Any unsufficient meat such as routan ill, murivill or any other beast that is … unsufficient

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