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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Can, n.1 Also: cane, canne, kan. [ME. canne, kan(ne, OE. canne, ON. kanna, med. L. canna.] A can. a1400 Leg. S. xxii. 361.
He brocht a vatircane
1494 Halyb. 32.
A can of almond mylk
1497 Treas. Acc. I. 344.
For five drinking cannis to the schip
c1500-c1512 Dunb. xxvi. 95.
Him followit mony fowll drunckart, With can and collep, cop and quart
1563 Peebles B. Rec. 289.
Ane litill bikker … , ane lame can
a1568 Scott xxxiv. 124.
Quhair hurdome ay vnhappis With quenry, canis, and coppis
1576 Oppress. Orkney 18.
Ane can quhairwith thai mesourit thair vlie
Ib. 40.
The Duchemenis can that they tax the beir with
1588 Edinb. Test. XIX. 51 b.
Ane greit pece of siluer, … ane kan
1596 Wedderburn Compt Bk. 46.
A knag of vinacre and can oyle doly
1602 Shetl. Sheriff Ct. 14.
Ane kan of vlie … fra the quhaill quhilk cum in at Bigga
1610 Edinb. Test. XLVI. 166 b.
Tua siluir persill gilt canes weyand xxj vnce
1641 Ib. LIX. 269.
Certane lame veshellis, viz. … blak and browne cannis

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