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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Clour, n. Also: cloure. [Of obscure origin.]

1. A lump or swelling caused by a blow. c1500-c1512 Dunb. v. 32.
Sanct Petir hat hir with a club, quhill a gret clour Rais in hir heid
1555 Peebles B. Rec. 217.
The inqueist findis Besse Watsone is in the wrang in striking of Cristiane Bell with ane stop on the heid, quhilk raisit ane clour thairon
1603 Philotus cliii.
I gat, ȝe may sie be my clouris, A deill vnto my dame

2. A rounded hill, a knob. 1640 Lithgow Poet. Rem. 191.
A daughter cloure, joynd with Jehosaphat, Benorthd with Moriahs squink devalling bord

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