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Cors-bow, n. Also: corse-, corcebow, corsboll. [Usual variant of Crosbow.] A cross-bow. 1488 Treas. Acc. I. 92.
To Iok of Stirling to mak grayth to the Kingis cors bowis
1504–6 Ib. III. 90.
In Iulij, quhen the King salit first to Maij, for ix cors bowis to the schip of sindry prices
1507 Ib. IV. 90.
For making of ane brokskin bag for the Kingis corsbow
1525 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 112.
Young and able men to get culwerings, cors bowis, and hand bowis, and ws schitting witht the samyn
1533 Boece x. xvi. 393 b.
The vantgarde was stuffit with archearis, bering cors bowe, hand bowe, dart and slung
1535 Stewart 37587.
Gret corce bowis … Fast to the nok war buklit vp in bend
1549 Compl. 42/2.
Ȝe soldartis … mak reddy ȝour corsbollis, hand bollis, fyir speyris [etc.]
a1578 Pitsc. I. 232/9. Ib. 288/17.
Sum to schut the hand bow, corsebow and collvering
1596 Wedderb. Compt Bk. 66.
Alexander Rann is awin me … a corsbow, plelok bow, a swird staf and a buik of fisches

b. Attrib. with man, threid. 1529 Reg. Privy S. II. 38/2.
Makand him ane grume in our soverane lordis chalmer and cors-bowman
1576 Edinb. Test. IV. 155.
Ane pund of cors bow threid
1586 Ib. XV. 122.
xviij boltis of corsbow threid
1606 Ib. XLI. 317 b.
Four pund corsbow threid

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