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First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).
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Ere-ledder, Earlether, n. Also: erleddir, eirleder, earledder, eyer lether. [f. lether Ledder n., with obscure first element.] A chain or rope for attaching a horse to a cart. Also attrib. with pin.‘Earleather-pin, an iron pin formerly used instead of a hook, on each end of the shaft of a cart, for fastening the chain by which the horse draws, Fife.’ (J). 1496 Treas. Acc. I. 293.
For fyfty iij chenȝeis, to the lynnalis of the cartis and the erleddir pynnys
1513 Ib. IV. 515.
x stane of smale towis to be eirlederis for the hernys
1542 Ib. VIII. 131.
Small cord to be ereledderis
1625 Edinb. Test. LIII. 114.
Ane irne rigwodie and ane pair ear ledderis
1661 Ib. LXX. 147.
Ane cairt saidle, ane earledder
1685 Soc. Ant. LVIII. 367.
In the workhorse stable … 8 ker-sadles, 8 pair eyer lethers
1693 Edinb. Test. LXXX. 2.
ij pairs earlethers worth j lb xiiij s.

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