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First published 1971 (DOST Vol. IV).
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Napillis, Nappillis, Napelis, Naplis, -es. Naples, the Italian city. a. (The) seiknes of Nap(p)illis, the name of some disease, prob. syphilis. (Cf. e.m.E. Neapolitan disease (also consolation, favour) (1592), id.). b. Attrib. with the names of various stuffs made or as made in Naples. —a. 1507 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 437.
That diligent inquisitioun be takin of ale infect personis with this strange seiknes of Nappillis
That nayne infecht folkis with the seiknes of Napillis be haldin at the common fleschous
b. 1590–1 St. Andrews B. Ct. 24 Mar.
Ane pair of breikis of grogren Naplis taffittie
1609 Wedderb. Compt Bk. 101.
A dublit of Napillis taffetie
1612 Bk. Rates (Halyb.) 307.
Naples fusteanes wrocht called Sparta veluot
1624 Edinb. Test. LII. 321.
xxij ellis Napillis taffatie … xvij ellis Napelis sateine

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