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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).

Januar, n. Also : Januare, Janvar, Janwar, Janewar(e, Janivar. [ME. Januare (15th c.), e.m.E. Janivare (1556). Cf. Januer and Jenuer.] The month of January.(a) 1388 Slater Early Sc. Texts No. 12.
This tventy day of Januare
1410 Reg. Episc. Brechin I. 31.
The Setterday the tent day of Januar
1490 Treas. Acc. I. 174.
On Vphaly da the vj Januar
c1500-c1512 Dunb. xii. 18.
Come nevir ȝit May … Bot Januar come
1521–2 Wemyss Chart. 150.
One Tisday, the vii day of Januar
1558-66 Knox I. 378 margin.
Gud day, Sir Johne, whill Januar
1605 Dundonald Par. Rec. 68.
The sessioun haldin the 6 of Janivar
Ib. 69.
The sessioun haldin the 20 of Janvar
a1597-1617 Hist. Jas. VI 151.
In the moneth of Januar, according to the new calcull 1575
c1615 Chron. Kings 122.
The xxiii day of Janwar
1629 Boyd Last B. 104.
Yee shall shortlie perceiue a spring Januar of joy, after this dead December of distresses
1666 Bk. Pasquils 232.
It was in Januar or December
1667 Lamont Diary 246.
For Janwar, Febrnar, and Mar.
(b) 1547–8 Corr. M. Lorraine 212.
This xvii of Janeware
1661–2 Peebles B. Rec. II. 202.
For keiping of Janet Robisone the moneth of Janewar and Febrewar

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