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Lipper, Liper, n.1 Also: lipyr, lypir, -yr(e, -re; lippir, -yr, -re, lyppir; lepper. [e.m.E. lypper (1525), var., appar. chiefly Sc., of Leper n.1, ? with late vowelshortening.] Leprosy. Also attrib., and fig.(a) c1420 Ratis R. 181.
The lypir and the faland ill
c1420 Wynt. v. 2696.
Ay till he in lypyre felle
1520 Stirling B. Rec. I. 5.
Johen Akman and Ritsche Criste … war delatit of lipyr
1531 Bell. Boece II. 406.
He deceissit … in lipre
1536 Carnwath Baron Ct. 186.
My lord gart put in to his heid court skap lypyr and waith: the inqueist fyndis nane
1560 Rolland Seven S. 1474.
Ony sair maladie, As is liper, exces or popplecie
(b) 1427 Acts II. 16/1.
At the bischoppis … inquire … gif ony be smyttit with lippir ande … at thai be denuncit to the King
1499 Exch. R. XI. 393.
Scab, waitht, lippir, pikry, thir ar the iiij hed punctis
1551 Hamilton Cat. 79.
Naaman came to the prophet Helyseus to be curit fra his lyppir
1562-3 Winȝet I. 40/23.
That foule lippre quhairwith scho wes plagit
1571–2 Inverness Rec. I. 212.
And hir hand in ane kettill of watter for lippyr and missalnes
1575 Ib. 243.
The holis [which] was in his leggis of the lipper
attrib. 1661 Elgin Rec. II. 294.
She saw the chyld seik in the pocks, and being enquired what she thought of the pock she ansuered that it was a lipper pock
fig. c1515 Kennedy Asl. MS. II. 275/68.
To … clenge my saull fra lipper syne inwert
(c) 1528 Carnwath Baron Ct. 76.
To the inqueist scab vaith lepper and common pykre

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