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First published 1983 (DOST Vol. V).
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Part-, Pairt-, Pertri(d)g(e, -rage, -rege, n. Also: pairtriche, -raige; perterige. [e.m.E. and ME. partrydge (1526), pertrige (1542), partrich (1290), parte-, pertriche (c 1400), also pard- (1422), etc.: cf. Partrik n. and Patridge n.] A partridge. Also attrib. with pout.(a) 1575 Douglas Corr. 200.
A good goishawk which … could not fle at partrage that year
1592 Acts IV. 180/2.
a1605 Montg. Misc. P. xviii. 58. 1648 Insh Colonial Schemes 249.
1668 Edinb. B. Rec. X. 52.
The partrig 6.8
1688 Tryal Philip Standsfield 29.(b) 1532 Selkirk B. Ct. (ed.) 125.
Nycholl to gef Robert ane plauk for pairtraiges [ed. pairkaigis]
1581-1623 James VI Poems I. 175/570.
1642 Edinb. B. Rec. VIII. 17.
The pairtrig x s.
(c) 1631 Buccleuch Household Bk. 1 Oct.
c 1649 Scots Lore I. 273.
1652 Grant Chart. 461.
1663–6 Household Bks. Archb. Sharp MS. 13 b.
For 4 perterigis [£4. 16s.]
attrib. 1599 Acts IV. 181/1.
[He] dischargit all … subiectis … to slay … ony partridge powt befoir the aucht day of September

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