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(Sark-wylycote,) Sark-wyl(l)iecoat, n. Also: -wilicoat, -welicott, -weilli(e)cott. [Sark n. 1 d; Wylycote n.] ? An undergarment consisting of a petticoat and bodice. — 1634 Black Sc. Witches 15.
The pannel was seen … conferring at the foot of her own yeard in her sark wyliecoat and bare legged with the Devil
1639 Edinb. Test. LIX 96.
Ane baskett for lynning cloithes … ane sarkwelicott
1645 Ib. LXI 199.
Ane quhyt sark wylliecoat … ane reid sark wylliecoat
1645 Sc. Hist. Rev. XXX 148.
6 elne of pleding to be hir ane sark wilicoat and ane under wilicoat
1658 Brechin Test. VI 157.
Tua weillicotts … tua sark weilliecotts

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