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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Borell, Borrel(l, n. Also: borale. [f. Bore v.] An auger. 1489 Acta Conc. 106/2.
ij hewin axis, a womyll, a borale
1490 Ib. 132.
A wowmill, a borell
1549 Compl. 11/1.
Tha vald gar ane instrament serue for … ane knyf and ane borrel
1569 Prot. Bk. T. Johnstoun 162.
1 womyll, 1 swingletree borell, 1 nail borell
1578 Maxwell Mem. I. 312.
Ane pair of irne boyis, ane borrell, ane wymmill
1612 Bk. Rates 290.
Borrellis for wryghtis
attrib. 1628 M. Works Acc. XX. 4.
For sex borrell yrones … for boiring the quheillis with
Ib. 27.

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