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First published 1986 (DOST Vol. VI).
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Quhether-sa, Quhethir-sa, conj. and pron. [Early ME, ME and late ME weðer-so (c1220), whethir-so (1389), obs. after 1426, OE swá hwæþer swá. Cf. Quhidder-sa.] Chiefly in early verse. a. conj. Whether. = Quhether conj. 2. b. pron. Whichever of the two. —a. 1375 Barb. iv 730 (E).
For quhethir-sa men inclynyt be To vertu or to mawyte He may … refreynȝe his will
Ib. v 244.
I will … tak that auentur will giff Quhether-sa it be to dey or lyff
Ib. iii 174.b. ?1438 Alex. ii 6798.
And leif or de, quhether sa may fall
c1500 Barounis Lawis fol. 11b.
I Robert … essonȝeis Thome … agane the soit … in mute of trespas or of det quhethir sa it be

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