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First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).
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Eg, n. Also: ege, eig; pl. eggis, aiggis, egs, egis, eges, eigs. [ME. egg (14th c.), eeg, ege, ON. egg.] An egg.(a) 14.. Acts I. 336/2.
Off the chalance of skynnaris … Item that thai deir the kingis mercate and the cuntre of eggis bying
1456 Hay II. 137/9.
The sutil metis … , as … chekinis wele nurist and eggis of hennis
a1500 Seven S. 2663.
The scho ravyn … him of an eg couth clek
1524 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 217.
At na buirdis nor standis be fundin on the Hiegaitt … with cheis, eggis, butter
1567 G. Ball. 181.
Als lyke in similitude, As euer ane eg was lyke ane vther
1570 Sat. P. xiii. 120.
Come neuer a gude byrde of the Deuillis eg
1596 Dalr. I. 63/16.
We remember … that a hundir egs commonlie war cofte for a Frenche sous
1608 Mun. Univ. Glasg. III. 520.
In the morning ane callour fresch eg with sum cauld meit
1622 Breadalbane Doc. (Reg. H.) No. 428.
Ane plait for aiggis
1661 Nicoll Diary 347.
Hailstones … the bignes of an eg
1681 Foulis Acc. Bk. 83.
To my wife … to pay for egs
attrib. 1685 Soc. Ant. LVIII. 363.
Ane peuther eg plaite
(b) 1448 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 16.
That na hukistar … by butter, cheese or eges to sel agayne quhill … ane efter none
1488 Treas. Acc. I. 84.
Ane ege of gold with foure grete diamantis … Item, ane vthir grete ege with viij rubeis
1596 Dalr. I. 39/28.
Vpon the bair ground sche lays her egis
1603 Shetland Sheriff Ct. 70 b.
Ollaw Lwnay has failȝeit quittance of the stowtht of … scheipe and egis
1686 Red Bk. Menteith I. 415.
Ane hunder dussone of eigs

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