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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Bing, Byng, n. [ME. bing (c 1325), bynge a bin, ON. bing-r heap.] A heap or pile.Used freq. by Douglas, esp. of a funeral pile. 1513 Doug. iv. vii. 80.
The mekill byng of quhete
Ib. ix. 45.
Of treys thou byg a byng To be a fyre
Ib. xi. ii. 23.
Of blumys apon a byng
Ib. xvi. 38.
A byng of erth, vphepit like a moyt
1528 Lynd. Dreme 173.
The men of kirk lay boundin into byngis
1560–1 Edinb. Old Acc. II. 142.
The bing of daills that I coft for scaffeting
1567 Crim. Trials I. i. 499.
Tuming it [sc. powder] furth of the polks in ane bing and heip upon the flur
1585 Reg. Privy C. III. 750.
Within the barn of the same ane bing of dicht beir
1597 Skene Verb. S. s.v. Iter.
The crowner suld haue all the cornes lyand in binges and mowes

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