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Ele, Eill, n. Also: el, elle; eyl, eil, eale. [ME. eele, ele, OE. ǽl.] An eel. (a) Quhile he wrocht gynnys, to tak … Troutis, elys, and als menovnys; Barb. ii. 577.
In to the wattyre of Gangys Thai say that mony elys is; Wynt. i. 810.
To ane man brocht elis fra the lard of Lochlevin; 1502 Treas. Acc. II. 341.
The buke of the otter & the ele; Asl. MS. I. p. xiv.
The master striped it [the viper] as a man would do an elle; 1665 Lauder Jrnl. 73.
(b) Water stankis … of sic depnes that ged, eyls, and fyscis … ma be conseruyt and kepit bath swmyr and wyntir; 1473 Reg. Cupar A. I. 189.
Thair greit curage … Gart thame grow fresche as ony eill agane; Stewart 11976.
The stankis … full of all deliecat fisches, as sallmond, troutis and perches, pykis and eilis; Pitsc. I. 337/9.
The roum of the ryn of the North loch … for taking eilles and placeing an eill ark thairat; 1589 Edinb. B. Rec. V. 8.
To my Lord Lithgows man with eils; 1682 5th Rep. Hist. MSS. App. 610/2.

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