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Ganer, Ganar(e, n. Also: gayner, ganair, gannyr, ganner. [ME. gander(e, gandre, OE. gan(d)ra.] A gander.(a) 14.. Acts I. 386/2.
Of henis and ganeris the natur is nocht wilde
c1450-2 Howlat 198.
Gret ganeris on ground in gudly awys
c1420 Wynt. iv. ix. (W).
How Rome had neire bene won and takin, Na were a gayner that thar couth wakin
1513 Doug. viii. xi. 33.
The siluyr ganer, flyghterand with lowd scry
1533 Boece v. x. 183 b.
Ane veschell of marbill … quhareapoun ane ganer fechtand contrare twa edderis was gravin
1540 Lynd. Sat. 2022.
Thocht it be cow, sow, ganer, gryse, or guse
1583 Edinb. Test. XIII. 25.
Four auld brod geis & ane ganer at viij s. the pece
(b) c1420 Wynt. iv. 1192 (W).
The Romanys ware Adettit to gif honour maire To gus or ganare … Than to thare goddis
1531 Bell. Boece I. p. xxxi.
Out of Garloll … come ane terrible beist, als mekil as ane grewhound, futit lik ane ganar
Ib. 195.
Uncouth money, on quhilkis war prentit the image of ane ganar fechtand with edderis
1567 Edinb. Test. I. 76 b.
Thre brod geis and ane ganar
1598 Dunblane Test. III. 6 b.
Tua brod geis and ane ganair
(c) c1420 Wynt. iv. 1163.
That a gannyr made Sa hwge crakyng and sic cry
1595 Duncan App. Etym.
Anser, a guise or ganner

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