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First published 1974 (SND Vol. IX).
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TRETTIND-DAY, n. The feast of the Epiphany, Jan. 6th, the thirteenth day of Christmas, Twelfth Night (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928)). Obs. or arch.Sh. 1944 Cal. Customs (Banks 1946) 46:
Trettind-day, the Epiphany. This was the thirteenth day of Christmas. According to what Jakobsen says it was mentioned in tales of superstition in the olden days. All those ‘days' are forgotten about now.

[Norw. trettende dag, O.N. þrettandi(dagr), id., the thirteenth day.]

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