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First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).
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Eche, Eich, n. Also: eitch(e, eeche, each. [Unexplained var. of ME. adse, adese, OE. adesa. In later dial. as eatche, eetch.] An adze. (See also Fute-eche.)(a) 1583 Edinb. Test. XIII. 115 b.
Axis, echis, wommillis for pompis, & vther warklumes for schippis making
1609 Hilderstoun Silver Mines I. 242 b.
For making of ane new web to ane eche
Ib. 243 b.
Tua axes to the wrychtis, … ane eeche to thame
(b) 1597 Edinb. Test. XXX. 30 b.
Tua wombles and ane eich
1612 Bk. Rates 303.
Eitches for cowparis the dozen, xlviii s.
1612 Edinb. Test. XLVII. 179.
Ane aix, ane womill, and ane eitche
1625 Ellon Presb. 122.
[He] causit brak up the lid of the kist with ane eich
1662 Reg. Privy C. 3 Ser. I. 239.
A great number of persons, all armed with swords, staffes, axes, eitches and suchlyk weapones
attrib. 1643 Banff Ann. I. 90.
That na burges … shall tak in … any landward wright, aixman, or eichman, or timberman [etc.]
(c) 1648 Edinb. Test. LXIII. 349.
Thrie aixes, thrie eaches, … two hamers
1698 Ib. LXXX. 312.
Two womells, ane saw, and ane each

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