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A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (up to 1700)

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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Chow, n. Also: cheow, chew, cheaw. [? Norman F. choule a wooden ball.] The game of shinty. 1599 Elgin Reg. II. 71.
Edward Auldcorne … accusit for his two sons playing at the cheaw in tyme of sermon
1600 Ib. 79.
[To] inhibit be sound of the hand bell all personis within this toun to play at the chew
1601 Ib. 88.
To play at the cheow
1617 Ib. 151.
George Cuming, … cautioner for Iames Murisone that he play not at the chow on the Saboth day

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