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Pak-, Packhous(e, n. [Cf. Du. pakhuis (e.m.Du. and Flem. pack-huys (Kilian), etc., 1582–), Germ. packhaus, obs. F. pacqhuus, e.m.E. packhouse (1601).The two earliest instances occur in arrangements for or regulations of the management of trade in Campvere.]

A warehouse; a store for goods in bulk. Also attrib. with yeard. 1578 Conv. Burghs I. 58.
That ordour be taikin of the warkmen, awneris of sellaris, loftis, pak-houssis, and wyth the skipperis of the schippis [etc.]
1613 Ib. II. 397.
For caryeing of ilk steik [ed. sceik] cloath to the sellar or pakhous
1635 Aberd. B. Rec. III. 78.
Ilk pack and fardell of playding whilk salhappin to be packed heirefter in the tounes commoun packhous
1644 Ib. IV. 46.
The tounes commoun packhous and weyhous [to be] roupit with the lofts and sellars thairof
1649 Conv. Burghs III. 343.
To set ther comoun milnes and packhous … for the best awaill
1684 Dunlop P. II. 143 n.
[He had a] packhouse [in Rotterdam for the storage of plaiding and skins]
16.. Macfarlane's Geog. Coll. II. 31.
A great house on the shore [at Dundee] called the packhouse where they lay up ther merchant goods
attrib. 1682 Brechin Test. VII. 66.
Of deallis in the pack house yeard
1691 Thomson Hist. Dundee 108.
A year's rent of the packhouse and packhouse yeard

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