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Papingo(e, -aw, Papyngo, n. Also: papp-, paipp-, pep-. [sc. var. of Papinga(y. Cf. OF. papegau, -au(l)t, 13th c. varr. of papegay, MLG. papenghoy (1392), MDu. papengoy, a parrot, also a target-figure, cf. also Papejaye n.] A popinjay, in the usual senses and applications.

1. A parrot. Papingo [: fro]; Lynd. Test. Pap. 63.
Papyngo; Ib. 80.
To by ane papingo to the Kingis grace x cronis; 1538 Treas. Acc. VII. 22.
Ane kaige for the papingo; 1562 6th Rep. Hist. MSS. App. 648/2.
Ȝe plesand paun and papingaw [: craw]; 1570 Sat. P. xv. 37.
J. Maitland Maitl. F. lxxxviii. 56.
The papingo in hew exceidis birdis all; Maitl. Q. xxxv. 90.
Burel Pilgr. i. xxv.
Als proud as ony papingo [: tuo]; Freiris Berw. 152 (M).

2. A representation of a parrot set up as a target for archers. Comb. in papingo bend, in Ayrshire, an ornamental band awarded to the winner of an annual contest in archery. Also bend of, also to, the papingo, id. For further information, see Glasg. Arch. Soc. Trans., N. S. (1896) II. 324 ff. (1) The papingo being appoyntit be Johne Walker bowar, syndery boyith of the citie [Edinburgh] and gentillmen upaland schot at the samin; 1574 Misc. Maitl. C. I. 115.
The magistrats … haveing … appoyntit the paippingoe to be set up … And that severall dayis being appoynted for schooting thairat; 1665 Irvine Mun. II. 91.
In being capitan throw my schooting doun of the papingoe and haveing receavit ane scarff of the value afoirsaid thairfore [etc.]; Ib.
At Kilwinning … in order to the restoring of the ancient game of the papingo; 1688 in Glasg. Arch. Soc. Trans. N. S. (1896) II. 324 ff.
(2) For the bend to the papingo; 1594–5 Ayr B. Acc. 185.
For taffatie to the youth for the bend of the papingo; Ib. 186.
1610–2 Ib. 249.
comb. Papingo bend; 1611–2 Ayr B. Acc. 252.
1614 Ib. 58.

3. adj. A shade of green. Also papingo grene, id. (1) Pepingo greine; 1614 Laing MSS. I. 138.
Pappingo grein; 1625 Edinb. Test. LIII. 32.
(2) Ane quarter pepingo craip; 1601 Treas. Acc. MS. 82.
Blak and papingo philosella; 1640 Edinb. Test. LIX. 244 b.

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