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Onȝeon, -yo(u)n, Oignon, Oynion, n. Also: onȝion, -ȝown, -ȝoon, -yeo(u)n, onoign, ononion, oineyan. [ME. oyno(u)n, oynyon, onyo(u)n (Chaucer), oyneon, e.m.E. onȝon (1483), onion, oignion (17th c.), OF. o(n)gnon, oi(n)gnon. Cf. Unȝeo(u)n, Ingȝo(u)n and Ingon(e.] An onion; also, onions collectively. 1401–7 Aberd. B. Rec. (S.H.S.) 238.
De centum rape onoignys
?14.. Ship Laws c. 4 (B).
Of onyonys & vthyr syk thyng at the entre nathyng bot of ilk soume of gerleke [etc.]
1560 Cal. Sc. P. I. 352.
1564–5 Perth B. Ct. 267 (9 March).
Leikis onȝeonis and quhitcaill
1574 Bk. Univ. Kirk I. 306.
c1575 Balfour Pract. 85.
1579 Black Bk. Taymouth 147.
Ane oynion is helssum to annoynt the place that is bittin vith ane madde dog
a 1595 Misc. Spald. C. II. xxx.
Tak ane onyeoun and rostweill [etc.]
1595 Duncan App. Etym.
Cepa, ane onȝion
1500-1699 Herbarius Latinus Annotat. xl (Bot.).
1620 Edinb. B. Rec. VI. 214.
Thrie hundreth barrellis onyeones
1661 Acts VII. 253/1.
Onȝeons and onȝeon heads, ilk four barrells
1664 Household Bks. Archb. Sharp MS. 47.
1670 Inverness Rec. II. 242.
Except for selling of Scotts onȝions and bread
1680 Aberd. Council Lett. VI. 257.

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