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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Agnus Dei, n. Also: agnus day, angus day. [L., lit. ‘lamb of God’. Also ME. (1459).] A figure or image of the Lamb as a symbol of Christ. c 1450 Misc. Maitl. C. III. 203.
Ane gret Agnus Dei with relikis
a1568 Bann. MS. 141 a/12.
Ane pair of beidis abowt hir thrott, Ane Agnus day with nobill nott
1578 Inv. Wardrobe 240.
Ane grene buist … quhairin is sevin angus dayis of sindrie sortis
1573-1600 Cath. Tract. 254/30.
The hallouing of the tokens called Agnus Dei
1616 Bk. Univ. Kirk III. 1118.
To weare … Agnus Dei, beids, croces, crucifixes

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