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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).

Cat, n.1 Also: catt(e. [ME. catt(e, cat, OE. cat(t, ON. katt-, kǫttr.]

1. A cat. a1400 Leg. S. vii. 680.
For nothire wes lewit in that towne hwnde, na catte, … vnhetyne
1456 Hay I. 120/20.
Rycht sa the hund and the wolf, the cat and the mous
a1500 Henr. Fab. 326.
In come Gib Hunter, our jolie cat, And bad God speid
Ib. 2002.
Thow wenis to draw the stra befoir the catt
c1475 Wall. x. 809.
Ȝon wood cattis [= leopards] sall do ws litill der
c1500-c1512 Dunb. xxxix. 23.
Husbandis that … had … Cattell and corne … Hes now no beist but cattis and myce
1530 Soc. Ant. II. 391.
The sys ordains that the hangman sell escheit to hymself all swyne, doggs, & cattis at he fyndis one the gait
1540 Lynd. Sat. 468.
Hay! As ane brydlit cat I brank
1567 Sat. P. iii. 179.
War … I ane cat and sho ane lytill mous
a1605 Montg. Flyt. 360.
With warwolfes and wild cates [T. wilcattis] thy weird bee to wander
1624 Misc. Abbotsf. C. 144.
Thomas Logie … meitting ane number of cattis … quhilk vnbesett him, the said Thomas saw ȝour face vpoun ane of [the] cattis
1662 Crim. Trials III. 611.
Quhan we vold be in the shap of cattis, we did nothing but cry and wraw

2. Cattis e, the precious stone ‘cat's-eye,. 1542 Inv. Wardrobe 67.
Item, ane ring with ane cattis E

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