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First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).
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Garth, n. Also: garthe, gairth. [Northern ME. garth, ON. garð-r.]

1. A small piece of enclosed ground; a yard or garden. Also fig. (Only in poetry.) a1500 Henr. III. 107/2.
Wythin a garth, vndir a rede rosere
c1475 Wall. i. 257.
Throw a dyrk garth scho gydyt him furth fast
c1500-c1512 Dunb. G. Targe 40.
The rosy garth, depaynt and redolent, … Arayed was, by dame Flora the quene
Id. Tua Mar. W. 3.
Beside aue gudlie grein garth full of gay flouris, Hegeit of ane huge hicht with hawthorne treis
1528 Lynd. Dreme 759.
That glorious gairth of euery flour did fleit
1530 Id. Test. Pap. 57.
In all the garth of eloquence Is no thyng left bot barrane stok and stone
a1568 Scott vii. 25.
Sen in your garth the lily whyte May not remain amang the lave
c1590 J. Stewart 136/7.
In to ane garth, Quhair fouth of flours vprose

2. = Fisch-garth n. 1609 Acts IV. 432/1.
All & haill the salmond fischeing … comprehending the garthis and pullis vnder-writtin

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