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Cow, n. 1 Also: cou, cw. [ME. cow(e, cou, OE. . The usual Sc. spelling is Kow.]

1. A cow. 1375 Barb. xviii. 279.
Quhen the Erll of Varane That cow saw anerly cum swa
1456 Hay I. 157/8.
Quhasa war tane in sik weris … mycht be sauld in the mercate … as cow or ox
1549 Compl. 64/3.
The tail quhou Iupiter transformit his deir loue Yo in ane cou
1567 G. Ball. 197.
Pray na mair … to Sanct Bryde to keip thy cow
1596 Misc. Spald. C. I. 101.
xx dayis befor the cw was calfit … [she] desyrit the said Margret … to keip to hir … the beist of the said cw efter scho was calfit
1597 Ib. 137.

2. Attrib. and comb. with byre, cunt, feeder, hyde, horn, hous, soume, turd. 1547 Prot. Bk. J. Cristisone 94.
[Done at the] cowbyir of Mvkall
1555 Reg. Cupar A. II. 125.
Thair tak and tenement callit the Cowbyre of Kethik
c1530-40 Stewart Bann. MS. 140 b/21.
Thair teith so bawchs and bluntis For cumring off cow cuntis
1700 Aberd. B. Rec. IV. 327.
The deceast Alexander Kynach, cowfeeder
1570 Conv. Burghs I. 21.
The cow and olxin hydis stykand to the bouk
a1605 Montg. Sonn. lxii. 6.
My trumpets tone is terribler be tuyis Nor ȝon couhorne
1600-1610 Melvill 604.
The rycht … of ane cow-hous or a caill-yaird
1684 Peebles B. Rec. II. 114.
Whoever possessis any soumes of thair nighbours this yeir … pay … for every cow soume half a croun
1681 Colvil Whig's Suppl. ii. 38.
What thou has said's not worth two cow turds

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