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First published 2002 (DOST Vol. XII).
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West northwest, Waist-, Weyst north waist, adv. [Late ME and e.m.E. west north west (15th c.).] West-north-west. — 1580 (1587) Reg. Great S. 390/1.
Passand west northwest as wind and weddir scheiris to ane uther merche stane
a1595 Cullen Chron. Aberd. 43.
The fyrst day of May, … was say ewill, the woynd and weytt at the waist northt waist [Anal. Scot. I 281, weyst north waist]

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