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Hirst, Hyrst, n.1 [Northern Eng. and Sc. variant of ME. hurst(e, OE. hyrst.] a. A (hard or barren) hillock, knoll, or ridge. b. A bank of sand or gravel in a harbour. a. Of wellis wawerit wallis wid, Oure hill and hirst; Wynt. i. 400.
[De firmis … de Twa Hullyrhyrstis; 1456 Exch. R. VI. 214.
Terre nuncupate le Brakanhirst; 1475 Ayr Charters 90.]
Blaknyt schew the brays With hyrstis harsk of waggand wyndill strays; Doug. vii. Prol. 134.
With scharp plewis … Thai hard hillys hyrstis for to eyr; Ib. xi. vii. 56.
A hirst or ryg of craggy rolkis; Ib. Comm. iv/1.
b. To ane boit ressaving grit hirsts out of the havin; 1557–8 Edinb. Old Acc. I. 245.
That the said persouns sall caus cleng the herbarie of all hirsts of chingill or sand; 1638 Edinb. B. Rec. VII. 200.

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