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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Blew, n. [Absol. uses of the adj., as in ME. and e.m.E.]

1. Blue colour. c1475 Wall. ix. 113.
A bar of blew in till his schenand scheild
a1499 Contempl. Sinn. 258.
As the quhyte paper is redy to the prent Of blak and blewe
1535 Stewart 10974.
The feildis … Departit war with reid, ȝallow and blew
1575 Bk. Univ. Kirk 149.
All kinde of licht … hewis in cloathing, as red, blew, ȝellow
1622-6 Bisset II. 387/33.
The cullouris of blew of his floure de luces

2. Blue cloth. Also in pl. 1473 Treas. Acc. I. 13.
iij quarteris of blew for harnessing to the Kingis sadillis
1617 (June) Treas. Acc. MS.
To workmen for careing the blewis to James Aikman, tailȝeour, his hous

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