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Lillikin(e, Lillekin(n, Lillykyn(n, n. Also: lilli-, lille-, lyllikyn(nlerykyn and Lullikin. [? f. e.m.Du. leliekijn lily, lily of the valley, f. lelie lily, also, fleur de lis.]

a. In plur. form as a collect.: A kind of lace for trimming garments, ? having a florak (? lily-of-the-valley, ? fleur-de-lis) pattern. b. Attrib., without inflection. Of lace-work trimmings: ? Having such a pattern.a. (a) 1579 Edinb. Test. VII. 188 b.
Ane bolt of lyllikynnis set to x s.
1580 Treas. Acc. MS. 9.
Foure vnces of small quheit lyllikynnis to wirk the saidis doublettis with
Ib. 35 b. 1586 Edinb. Test. XVII. 27 b.
Four vnce of lillekinnis of silk
1593 Lennox Mun. 463.
Any clething … with ony kynd of pasimentis … bissettis, lillekynnis, cordownis, or frenȝeis of gold
1600 Kirkcudbr. B. Rec. I. 379. 1609 Edinb. Test. XLIV. 346 b.
Thrie boltis narrow cullorit doubill lillikynnis
1612 Brechin Test. II. 252 b. 1615 Edinb. Test. XLVIII. 248.
Furtie tua elnis remaines of singill lillikinis price of all xlij s.
(b) 1581 Treas. Acc. MS. 902.
Twa bowltis of quhyet lerykynnis to lay vpoun the doublettis
 b. 1609 Edinb. Test. XLV. 282.
Sevin bolt lillikin pasmentis at xx s. the bolt
1626 Ib. LIII. 265 b.
Thrie pund wecht of lillikine cordingis

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