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Kip, n. [ME. kipp (14th c.), e.m.E. (north.) kepe, keippe (c 1525), kippe (1612), a set or bundle of 30 or 50 hides, MDu. and MLG. kip a pack or bundle, esp. of hides, also of fish, flax and other things: cf. also mod. Shetland dial. kippek a small bunch or string of fishes, kippel a small bunch or bundle of anything, ON. kippi n., kippa f., a bunch or bundle, and also in mediev. and mod. Scand. languages and dialects.] a. A bundle of hides (containing a specific number). b. A bundle or bunch (of ropes, belts). c. A specific number (larger than the ‘full’) of small boxes. —a. 1515 (1650) Dundee B. Laws 94.
To gather and tak vp fra the merchantes … ane gryt of ilk kip of hydes
1535 Aberd. B. Rec. MS. XV. 32.
That thair come v opin hidis ... in skipar Skayntestis boit ... in ane litill kip ane ȝeir syne
1596 Exch. R. XXIII. 133.]
[9 s. of 3 kips of deerskins
 b. 1586 Edinb. Test. XV. 65 b.
Aucht kippis of towis weyand thrie stane wecht, price of the stane xxvj s. viij d.
1611 Ib. XLVI. 334.
Ten kippis of beltis at xiiij s. the kip
1646 Ib. LXII. 129.
Threttie twa kipes of beltis estimat all to xix lib. iiij s.
c. 1615 Edinb. Test. XLVIII. 224 b.
Ane kip and tua fullis of buistis, price of all fourtie schillingis
d. 1597 Exch. R. XXIII. 184.]
[3 s. of 1 kip containing ten stone harts' horns

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