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LIME, adj., n. Also lim, lyme.

I. adj. Made of earthenware, porcelain (Sc. 1825 Jam.). Cf. Lame. Sc. 1718  Analecta Scot. (Maidment 1834) I. 197:
As one was praying, down falls the press, wherein was abundance of lime vessels, all broke to pieces.
Slk. 1736  T. Boston Life (Low 1908) 366:
The haill pewter and lime vessel.
Sc. 1741  Caled. Mercury (9 April):
A well assorted Parcel of lime-ware, stone-ware and glasses.
Sc. 1746  Scots Mag. (July 1818) 44:
Three lim trenchers.

II. n. Porcelain articles, crockery. Ayr. 1724  Sc. Hist. Review I. 164:
The minister has invested in a whole set of tea-table equipage. He notes down “the price of the lime”.

[O.Sc. has lym, id., 1683. The form is rather difficult to associate phonologically with Lame, despite the somewhat analogous variation wyme, Wame, and the word may be rather an extended usage of lime, from its similarity in appearance to coarse porcelain. Ult. of course lime and Lame are ablaut variants of the same root.]

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