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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III).

DIE, n.1 A toy, a gewgaw (Lth. 1808 Jam.). Also dye (Sc. 1827 Scott Surgeon's Daughter vi.). See also bonny-die s.v. Bonny, Combs. [dɑɪ]Sc. 1816 Scott Antiquary xxi.:
The auld Blue-gown that mends a' their bonny dies.
Sc. 1897 “L. Keith” My Bonnie Lady 87:
As pleased as a bairn with a new die.
Fif. 1895 “S. Tytler” Kincaid's Widow xv.:
Bide ye till I tell how the bonnie die fell into my hands.

[Phs. the same word as Eng. die (pl. dice), the cube used in gaming.]

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