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First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).
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Graf, Graff(e, n. [Northern ME. graf (a 1300), graff (a 1400–50), OE. græf. Cf. Graif, Grave n. The form graff occurs in the modern dialects.] A grave or tomb. a1400 Leg. S. xxxvi. 737.
A man … Dalf vpe his graf be nichtirtale
c1420 Wynt. v. 4034.
Syne in hys graff [C. graf] Cryst that tyme lay
Ib. vi. 317.
The graff [C. graf] … Thai rypyd and the body soucht
Ib. 1419.
In to this graffe heyr dede he lyis
1456 Hay I. 178/31.
He understude nocht that he suld pas be see, till sa fer a haly graf
c1450-2 Howlat 471.
[He] Come to the haly graf
a1499 Contempl. Sinn. 33.
O polisand graf and mydding cled with snaw
1490 Irland Mir. 146 b.
The haly body of Ihesu persit the graf and come throu it without any hole ore aperture
1513 Doug. v. ii. 86.
Of the holl graf law, A gret eddir slydand gan furth thraw
1555 Stirling B. Rec. I. 66.
With this restrictionis that incontinent quhen the graf is sattillit that incontinent the samyn laris be laid agane
1593 Edinb. Test. XXV. 89 b.
Me to be bureit amangisthe faythtfull in my forbearis graff
1617 Ib. XLIX. 337.
My father to lay ane throwch stane vpone my graf in the kirkyaird

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