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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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August, Agust, n. Also: awgust, awgowst; agost, agoust, agowst, agwist. [ME. and OE. August, L. Augustus.] a. The month of August. b. Autumn.a. (a) a1400 Leg. S. ii. 487 (the thred day of August). c1420 Wynt. iv. 2466 (off his name that moneth ay wes August callyd). 1440 Acts II. 32/2 (the moneth of August). c1475 Wall. iii. 13 (wictaill worth scant or August coud apper); 341 (in August moneth myld). 1522 Melville Chart. 62 (the threty day of Awgust). c 1547 Douglas Corr. 235 (the xviii day of Awgowst). 1563-1570 Buch. Wr. 10 (in the moneth of August or thairby).(b) 1549 Compl. 57/24 (at the xx daye of Agust). 1569–70 Bk. Old Edinb. C. VI. 88 (the thrid of Agoust). 1574 Misc. Spald. C. II. 41 (the awicht day of Agwist). 1596 Lett. & St. P. Jas. VI 14 (the 15th of Agowst). 1646 Douglas Chart. 330 (the fyfteint day of Agust last). 1663 Wemyss Corr. 110 (Agoust); 123 (Agost).b. 1456 Hay II. 127/24.
The four rathis of the ȝere, that is for to say, ver, somer, august, and wynter

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