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Prikkit, Priket, Prickit, ppl. adj. Also: prykkyt, pri(c)kat, pryckat, (pirckit). [Late ME and e.m.E. prikked (c 1400), pricked, pric(k)t, etc., p.p. of Prik v. Cf. also Prekit.] Pricked. a. Appar., pierced (? by one's adversary's weapon, ? by the proof of one's guilt, ? etc.). b. Of a witch: ? That has been proved to be so by ‘pricking’ (Prik v. 3). c. Applied to vocal music or transcriptions of this: Notated by ‘pricks’ or notes, opposed to extemporised (Prik v. 4 a): cf. also Prik adj.2 a and b, Prekit ppl. adj.a. a1508 Kennedy Flyt. 548 (M).
Deuilbeir thy speir … thow ȝeild … To me maist he Kennedie and fle the feild, Prikkit [Ch. & M. Pirckit; B. Pickit] wikkit convickit lamp Lollardorum
b. 1597 Stirling B. Rec. I 86.
That ye faill not … to send to ws … upoun Tyisday nixt [blank in text] prickat wiche … for hir tryell
c. c 1500 Coll. St. Salvator 159.
Ane gret prykkyt sang buk and tua smallar of prekyt senggyn and ij salter in the quer
1513 Crail Ch. Reg. 41.
Chapellanis that hes vnderstandyng to syng plane sang, priket sang and to do seruice efter the tenour of his foundatioun
1527 Guide to St. Andrews (1953) 19 (see Plain-sang n.). 1539 Glasgow Prot. IV 118.
For the synging nychtlie of ane gloriosa of thre partis of pryckat synging, as it wes maid and sett be Jhonne Paniter … the quhilk noit I will it be usit nychtlie
1556 Stirling B. Rec. I 70.
The said Sir Johne sall study continualie quhill he be cunnand in prikat sang

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