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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Boll, n.3 [Erroneous spelling of Bow n.1, on the analogy of Boll,n.1 and Boll,n.2 and other words with -oll becoming -ow, as coll, holl, roll.]

1. An ox-bow. 1516 Fife Sheriff Ct. 26.
The graith of hir pleuch, that is to say, … bridill, ȝokkis, & bollis

2. A bow for archery. 1538 Treas. Acc. VI. 437.
For vj Inglis bollis send to Striveling to the Kingis grace to gif away
1539 Ex. Processes (Reg. H.) No. 10.
Ane boll with ane quaver full of arrowis
1560 Admir. Ct. Bk. 117.
The somme of xviij li. money and ane hand boll worth xxx s.

3. An arch; an arched gateway. 1529 Reg. Episc. Aberd. I. 395.
Ane substantious brig … with … twa land stalis and seven bollis
1553 Prot. Bk. J. Harlaw 63.
Ane waist hous in the over boll of Edinburgh
1569-73 Bann. Memor. 117.
Woddinsday … they began to mak the vther barrace at the strate of the Wester boll
1572-5 Diurn. Occurr. 211.
Ane bastalȝe … at Bessie Beaties hous, in the passage to the over boll

b. Attrib. with brig = Bow-brig. 1546 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 242.
That thar remane tua men daylie at the boll brig, keipand the same

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