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First published 1986 (DOST Vol. VI).
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Pot(t)-paper, -paipper, n. [e.m.E. (1579) ‘a size of printing or writing paper: originally bearing the watermark of a pot’ (OED). Cf. Pot(t n.1 1 b.] A particular make of paper, appar. an expensive sort, named from its watermark of a pot. — 1579 Edinb. Test. VII 276 b.
In his buith … fyve rim of paper of the hand price of the rim xvij s … .ane rym of pot paper price thairof xxvijs.
1596 Misc. Bann. C. II 218. 1606 Edinb. Test. XLI 341.
In his buith … xvj rym pott paper at four merkis the rym
1611 Ib. XLVI 340 b (see Paper n. 1 (3)).
Pott paipper
1642 Misc. Bann. C. II 260.
Thrie scoir ryme of Towris pott paper

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