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Peug, Pewg, n. Also: pewig, (? pewige or ? powige); piug; poug. [e.m.E. and late ME. pewke (1466), pewyke (1481), puke (1480), puck, pooke (16th c.), a superior kind of woollen cloth, also (1530) a colour used for woollen cloth, also puke colo(u)r (1538); MDu. puuc, puyc, puc (1420 in Verdam) the best sort of cloth or wool, mod. Du. puik the best, the choice of anything, also adj. = excellent, MLG. puck, LG. pük, EFris. püük, WFris. puwck, NFris. pük. Cf. Paig.] A woollen stuff of high quality, puke. Also comb. with -claith. — 1573–4 Elgin Rec. I. 144.
Inglis piug [pr. ping] cleith
1574 Edinb. Test. III. 143.
Inglis pewg … Inglis broun peug
1575 Treas. Acc. XIII. 77.
Ilkane of thame twa elnis and ane half of Inglis pewig for thair cloikis
1583 Crail B. Ct. MS. 7 May.
xxx s. [Scots] … for … ilk ell of … Ingillis pewige [or ? powige] claith
1587 Edinb. Test. XVIII. 81 b.
xij ellis … of Inglis poug price of the ell iiij li. iiij s.
1589 Ib. XXI. 22.
Gray cloking claytht of peug

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