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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).
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Hirst, n.3 [Of obscure origin. In later Eng. use as hurst.] The frame of a pair of millstones. — 1574-5 Haddington Treas. Acc. 7.
Ane peis to mend the myll hirst
Ib. 29.
Wynnand clay to lay the kyrk myll hirst
1645 Tulliallan Coal Wks. 146 b.
For wpputing of the hirstt [in the new mill]

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