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Chekin, n. Also: chekyn, -in, pl. cheknis, -nys; checkyn, chekkein; cheiken, cheek(k)in. [ME chekyn, cheken, normal variant of chiken, etc.; see Chikin.] A chicken. c 1420 Liber Calchou 451.
Qwil a man is in the feuer agw, he suld et na flesch bot lytyl chekynnis in clare water
c1420 Wynt. viii. 3779 (C).
Sprewlande as thai chekynnys ware
1456 Hay II. 129/2.
Gude tender metis as chekinys and eggis
Ib. 137/8.
Chekinis wele nurist
1477 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 35.
All partrikis, … capons, conyngis, chekinnis, and all vther wyld fowlis
1489 Liber Aberbr. 262.
To by … grys and chekinis
1504 Treas. Acc. II. 434.
To the maister cuke, … for brede baking, chekinnis, and velis baking
1530 Lynd. Test. Pap. 698.
We sall gar cheknis cheip, and geaslyngis pew
1549 Compl. 39/9.
The chekyns began to peu quhen the gled quhissillit
1552 Holyrood Chart. 284.
Cum … duodecim lie mure foulis et viginti quatuor lie chekingis
1582 Treas. Acc. MS. 83.
Hennis and checkynnis to his hienes halkis
1597 Misc. Spald. C. I. 107.
The said Helen bade the said Christane tak the haill cheikennis or young foullis, and draw tham throw the link of the cruick
1663–6 Household Bks. Archb. Sharp. 12 b.
For a Vestphalia ham with cheekines
attrib. 1532 M. Works Acc. II. 61.
To the … wrychtis for makin … & syling of the kingis chekin dressory

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