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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).
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Ligne(e, Lignie, n. Also: lygné, ligny, lygnie, -nye. [Late ME. and e.m.E. (a 1450–c 1500) lynee, lygnee, lignye (freq. in Caxton), F. lignée.] = Lignage n., Linage n. (Only in Hay and Loutfut.) a. Lineal descent, succession, ancestry. b. One's ancestors, collectively. c. The stock or progeny of a particular ancestor; a family, tribe or race.a. 1456 Hay I. 3/27.
That it sulde be ane of the hie lignie [F. lignee] of France
Ib. 214/16.
In the tyme that the Empyre passit be successioun of lygne
Ib. 253/13.
He was nerest of the lignie male of the blude ryall of Fraunce
Ib. 280/16.
My kyn and ancestris ar of eldar begynnyng na ȝouris and als ar mare noble of lignie
b. 1456 Hay I. 280/8.
He wrangit him and his lignie to bere thai armes
1494 Loutfut 8 b.
And of sa gret antiquite that scantly is thair memour of the lignie quhar of he descendit
c. 1456 Hay I. 68/5.
The lignee of Adam
Ib. 137/10.
Gif he be nocht of his ligne [F. lignaige] … he may … ask his wagis
Ib. 294/28, II. 36/31. Ib. 38/1.
A man of new sprongyn lygnye
Ib. 68/31.
Scho destroyis … the noble lignie and confraternitee of knychthede
1494 Loutfut 21 a.
The faucon is of vii lignes: the first is falcon laymere, the second is callit pellerin [etc.]

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