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First published 1971 (DOST Vol. IV).
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Nebbit, a. Also: nebbed, nebit. [Also in the mod. Sc. and north. Eng. dial.] (Of birds) having a beak or bill, (of animals or persons) having a nose or snout, (of knives or the like) having a point, of a specified kind. — 1567 Dundee B. Laws 372.
Thair sall na printeis wear ane quhingear nor scharp nebbit knyf
1583 Edinb. Test. XIII. 54.
The quhyt nebit ȝow
1600-1610 Melvill 64.
Twa readnebbit teades
1584-9 Maxwall Commonplace Bk. 20 a.
Thowis nebbit lyk ane quhaipe & schankit lyk a ka
1658 R. Moray Lett. 25 March/4 April.
Short-nebbed sparrowes would come litle speed at your back dore

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