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First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).
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Firth, Fyrth, n.2 [ON. firði, dat. of fjörðr, a fjord.] A wide inlet of the sea; an estuary. 1375 Barb. xvi. 542.
Men of the cost of Yngland … went with schipp is to these, … And in the firth com hastely
Ib. xviii. 267.
Apon no maner thai Had power till the fyrth to bring Thair vittale
c1420 Wynt. vi. 2498.
Thai … off fors, as wynd thame movyd, Come in the fyrth
a1508 Kennedy Flyt. 453.
The firmament na firth was newir cler, Quhill thou … was on the see
1513 Doug. iii. vi. 123.
Ane narrow fyrth flowis … Betuix tha costis
Ib. x. 72.
Within the fyrth of Sycill … Thar lyis ane iland
1533 Boece x. xiv. 382.
The Ile of Maij, quhilk almaist is myd firth, betuix Louthiane and Fiffe
1607 Acts IV. 369/2.
Reserveand to Scottishmen thair trade of fisheing within thair loches, firthis, and bayis within land

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