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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Bull, Bul, n.1 Also: bulle, bill. [ME. bull(e, bul, obscurely related to bule Bule n.1 and bole Bole.] A bull. c1420 Wynt. ii. 1273; Ib. 1286.
A tawre, that is a bul [W. bull] … Scho saw ner by
Ib. iii. 925.
This smyth … made in hy a bull of bras
1492 Myll Spect. 275/25.
A poyet said that and men had the vnderstanding of the bull [etc.]
1513 Doug. iii. ii. 101.
A bul first to Neptune, … A bull to brycht Appollo
Ib. xiii. i. 30.
Quhen that twa gret bullys … Togiddir rynnys
1549 Compl. 39/5.
The bullis began . to bullir
1553–4 Edinb. Old Acc. I. 110.
Payit for xvj faldome of tow to the bull on Sanct Geillis day
1569–71 Bann. Memor. App. 350.
That quhilk is spoken of the quhyt ky and bulles
a1578 Pitsc. I. 45/11.
The chancelar … presentit ane bullis heid befoir the earle, quhilk was ane signe and taikin of condemnatour to the death
1594 Black Bk. Taymouth 268.
Off forrow kye … Off greit billis

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