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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Birdalane, Burdalane, a. and n. [App. f. Bird n.1; cf. quot. 1570. Also in later Sc.] a. adj. Quite alone; single, solitary. b. n. An only child. 1570 Sat. P. xiv. 52.]
[Sen … I am left as byrd allone
1572 Sat. P. xxxiii. 318.
Tak ȝe ane; We must not leif the vthir bird alane
a1570-86 Maitl. F. clxx. 112; Ib. 115, 125.
A pest Bereft him all bot burdalane a boy
Ib. 168.
He will confort ȝow … and blis ȝour burdalane

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