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(Lire,) Lyre, n.2 Also: lyire, lyere. [North. ME. lire, lyre (15th c.) the cheek, one's complexion, ON. hlýr pl. cheeks: cf. ME. lere etc., OE. hléor cheek, countenance, complexion, Lere n.]

Only in verse.

1. Face, appearance of the face or skin, complexion. Freq. in allit. phrases, as lely, lillie lyre (also north. ME.), lufly of lyre, lustie lyre. A burges dochter … Off lyre plesand and rycht faire; Wynt. vi. 472 (W).
Thai luflyis of lyre; Gol. & Gaw. 1003.
Ledis lofit thair lord. lufly of lyere; Ib. 1145.
I mak … Thy lustie lyre ouirspred with spottis blak; Henr. Test. Cress. 339.
Gif his lust so be lent into my lyre quhit; Dunb. Tua Mar. W. 499;
Stewart 3680 (see Lillie-flour n.).
Soft as the silk is hir quhite lyre; Lynd. Sat. 341.
Of his lyre [he] was laithlie and horribill; Rolland Seven S. 10240.
As vasp or viper laidlie vas hir lyre; J. Stewart 227/109.
His eine half sunkin in his heid, His lyre far caulder than the leid; Philotus 282.
Lely, lillie lyre (see Lely n., Lillie n. 1 (2), Lillie a.). Hir lillie lyire so soft and sound; Maitl. Q. xlviii. 73.

2. ? The cheek. On fog and greene grasse good All night lyes my lyre; Craig v. 6.

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"Lire n.2". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 18 Oct 2018 <http://www.dsl.ac.uk/entry/dost/lire_n_2>



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