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Clapper, n. Also: clappir, clapar, -er. [ME. clapper, claper (c 1320), f. Clap v.] A means of making a clapping noise, esp. that used by lepers. Thai … ordanit that thir women … that ar myseleneis wifis acht to cum to the markat with cop and clapar that thai may be kennyt by; 1436 Ayr B. Ct. MS.
Ane clappir of tre for the passioun; c 1450 Misc. Maitl. C. III. 204.
Thus sall thow go begging fra hous to hous, With cop and clapper lyke ane lazarous; Henr. Test. Cress. 343.
The inqueist ordanit that na wyf na man suld cum to the mercat without cop or clapper entercommand with the sek men; 1544 Ayr B. Ct. 19 Oct.
Alexander … steppit furth … With cop and clapper vnto the Empreours land; Rolland Seven S. 9733.
That nane of the saids persouns lipperis cry or ask for almis otherwayis nor be thair said clapper; 1591 Edinb. B. Rec. V. 53.
Auchtand to Iohn Newton, for ringing of the stepill, scoll, and mercat belles, and going throw with the clapper; 1654 Peebles B. Rec. II. 24.
attrib. Bellis callid … clapper bellis; 1612 Bk. Rates 289.

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