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Plenis, -is(c)h(e, v. Also: plenn-; plan- and -ys, -ic-; -es, -eis(e; -esch, -eisch; -usch; Plentes. [OF. pleniss-, lengthened stem of plenir (1478 in Wartburg) to fill, stem plen- f. L. plēnus full. Cf. mod. Eng. plenish (1829) to fill.]Only Sc.

1. tr. To furnish (a place, also a recipient) with (in) what is required for fullness or fulfilment; to provide (with) in abundance; to fill up; to replenish.As: to provide with (certain) people; to fill with victuals, to provision; to furnish with crops, etc., to sow or cultivate; to furnish with buildings or amenities; to provide with furnishings or furniture; to provide with live stock, to stock; (1) c1475 Wall. vi. 347.
Thai … Plenyst that place with gud wittaill and wyne
Ib. vii. 1024.
Wallace … Plenyst the toune agayne with Scottis blud
a1500 Colk. Sow ii. 121.
A cornar of a cuntre … Quhich he plenyssit with peple and polesy
1531 Reg. Soltre 104. 1531 Bell. Boece (M) I. 64.
The Britonis … plenist all municionis … with thaiir soidiouris and gudis
1533 Boece x. xii. 375 b.
The ȝoung wantoun men … plennyst the camp with bordalis, tavernis and hurdome
1535 Selkirk B. Ct. (ed.) 159.
Thir forsaidis gudis of airschip to plenis hir hous with
1568 Reg. Privy S. VI. 51/1.
And to plenneis the samin [forest] with deir, ra, meiris and stallownis
a1578 Pitsc. I. 353/34.
He … plenischit the contrie witht all kynd of craftismen out of wther countries
1598 Ellon Presb. 22.
[To] plenische the kirk with forms
(b) 1578–9 Reg. Privy C. III. 87.
Walter Scot … plennuschit the samin [lands] with his guidis
(2) c1475 Wall. xi. 46.
Ye may off pes plenys thir landis wid
1513 Doug. iv. Prol. 42.
Thou plenyst paradyce and thou heryit hell
1520 Bk. Islay 36.
Quhat tyme … Sir Johne inhabitis the … landis and sa mekyll as he plenicis of it
(b) 1533 Boece i. iv. 40.
This nacioun [Picts] … biggit mwnicions and strenthis, plennyst the maneland towart the sey
(c) 1522 Dundee B. Ct. I. fol. 117 (16 Dec).
Adiugit to other plenes the grownd … or ellis to fynd souerte … for this ȝeris maill
(d) c1552 Lynd. Mon. 842.
1570 Leslie 243.
Everye man addrest him self … to big, plant and pleneise those rowmes quhilkis … had bene … distroyit
(e) 1550 Misc. Bann. C. III. 291.
Ane … soume of money … to help to plenneis my landis
(f) 1580 Treas. Acc. MS. 28 b.
To by him a pece of land and to plenishe the same to be a resting place to him
1596 Bamff Chart. 149. 1637 Rutherford Lett. (1891) 494.
He will bring new vessels out of the furnace and plenish His house
1656 Peebles B. Rec. II. 33.
Whither they will sett Caidmures or plenish the samyn themselves
1663 Mackenzie Religious Stoic (1685) iii. 1680 Lindores A. 252.
Ane indigent gentleman … who … resolves to plenish a roome [= holding]
(g) 1535 Stewart 22735.
This nobill man … planeist had that tyme ouir all that plane
(3) c1475 Wall. vi. 267.
Scottis … Plenyst the toun quhilk was thair heretage
(4) 1513 Doug. viii. v. .
Platis gret With paysit flesch plenyst the altaris large
1515 Thanes of Cawdor 125.
And aucht oxin to plenys ane tak
a1597-1617 Hist. Jas. VI (1804) 34.
Quhen thair was na mair [victual] … to plenishe the comon mercattis of the countrie
(5) a1585 Maitl. Q. lxviii. 105.
Bot thé to plenische & fulfill & mak thy worke compleit … Wes worke of no les spreit
passive (1) 1496 Acta Conc. II. 29.
The sade Jhone havand the ground plennist with corn catal and uther gudis
1519 Buccleuch Mun. II. 136.
Quhereuer ony of thir … landis now is … plennissit with … personis of ony maner of degre
1528 Lynd. Dreme 682.
Regionis … Weill planesit with cieteis towris and townis
1533 Boece iii. xii. 109 b.
Cornys of diuers sortis quharewith the feildis war plennyst for the present
1544 Argyll Rentals 11 June.
Set to Matthew Campbell … to be plenest with thair awin gudis
1549 Prot. Bk. Sir A. Gaw (S.R.S.) 8.
[Two acres of land] plenist with seid and cattell to teyl thaim wyth
1565–6 Crim. Trials I. i. 471.
Aucht oxingang of land … pleneist with his maisteris gudis
1627 Rep. Parishes 185.
The half … pertening to the Laird of Keir … pleneschit with the lairdis seid
1681 Purves Revenue Crown 89.
Park of Hallyroodhouse … which wes plenished and reserved for keeping of his Majestis house with 6000 stone of hay
(2) 1547 Misc. Bann. C. III. 287.
I haue Wachtoun plenyssit in oxen cheip & corne and kye … with the landis of Brethirtoun … syclyk plenyssit with my gudis
(3) 1513 Doug. xii. Prol. 83.
The planys plentuus Plenyst … mast propyrly
1536–7 Sc. Hist. Rev. VII. 361.
The saidis tenentis … of neid fors had left the saidis landis unmanurit or plenist
a1578 Pitsc. I. 171/36.
The landis was so waistit … that na thing was plenischit wntill Edinburgh
1588 Pittenweem Ann. 12.
The house … ordourit and plenished to thair great … expense
(b) 1606 Highland P. III. 86.
His hienes respecting … the wast landis of Iyla quhill thai be pleneischit and manwrit

b. To supply (animals) as a stock. — 1552 St. A. Links 103.
Als weill quhair the saidis cuniggis salbe plantit and planisit as utheris pairtis of the saidis linkis

2. absol. or intr. To fill up land, as with trees or livestock. b. Of land: To be stocked.a. 1457 Acts II. 51/2.
Bot allanerly of lyffand wode the quhilk may grow & plenys
1583 Edinb. Test. XII. 303.
I leue … tua oxin to plenneis with
b. 1616 Crim. Trials III. 385.
George … brak out … saying, ‘Sa lang as I and my bastard brother levis … Howpaslet sall nocht plenische’

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