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Plew-, Plw(e-irnis, -ys, -e(i)s, n. pl. Also: pleuand -yrn-, -iron-, -yron-, -arn-. [Plew n. 3 and Irne n. Cf. Pleuch-irnis n.] The metal parts of a plough, esp. the coulter and share. Also proverb.Appar. commoner than Pleuch-irnis, esp. in early use. c1420 Wynt. viii. 3163.
He bade that ilke man alswa Suld noucht fra thare plwys ta Thare plw-yrnys
1457 Exch. R. VI. 357.
Plewirnis
1458 Ib. 425.
Plwe irnys
1535 Stewart 51517. 1563 Dumfries B. Ct. fol. 236 b.
The making of a pair of new plew irnis the price iij ss. vj d.
1570 Lanark B. Rec. 50.
Thre pundis of irne quhilk hie coft to lay his pleu arnis with
1572 Elgin Rec. I. 134.
Ane pleuch and plew irnis
1576 Digest Justiciary Proc. I. 26.
Quha had stollin thair plew irnes fittick and mwsell
1592 Breadalbane Ct. Bk. 40. 1596 Edinb. Test. XXIX. 286 b.
Ane paire of plew irneis
1606 Reg. Privy C. VII. 271.
[Iron gates] to be removit and turnit in plew irnis
1658 Rothesay B. Rec. 274.
For the working of the pound of yron of plew yronis of grose and great work as sock coulter [etc.]
proverb. a1598 Ferg. Prov. MS. No. 1130.
Pryd & plew irones wold hav much uphold
a1628 Carmichael Prov. No. 1250.
Pryde and plew irons sould have meikle beiting

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