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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Callow, v. Also: kallow. [Orkn. and Shetl. variant of calve.] intr. and tr. To calve; to bear (a calf). — 1624 Misc. Abbotsf. C. 136.
Dauid and Margaret had thrie kyne, quhairof the ane deit in callowing, ... the nixt callowit ane calff, and never gave milk
1687 Brown Diary 45.
Ther wes a kow kallowed a calf with tuo heads [etc.]

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