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First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).
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Gaisling, -line, n. Also: gas-, gays-, geisling. [ME. geslyng, ON. gæsling-r (Dan. gæsling).] A gosling. 1549 Compl. 39/11.
The gayslingis cryit quhilk quhilk
a1568 Bann. MS. 120 b/32.
Keip weill the gaslingis fra the gled
Ib. 121 a/49.
The gudman … cavd the gaislingis fwrth to feid
1574 Aberd. Sheriff Ct. I. 266.
The profeit of xx geis yeirlie, price of ilk peice in gaislingis yeirlie ourheid xviii d.
a1605 Montg. Flyt. 524 (T).
The cry was sa vglie … That geis and geislingis [v.r. gaislings] cryis & craikis
1586 Edinb. Test. XV. 340.
Fyve auld brod geis, … xxviii gaislingis
1647 Durham Univ. J. XXXIV. 63.
She said to the company . . 'If I have not gottene the gouse I have gotten [the] gaisline'

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