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First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).
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Gris, Grys, n. Also: grisse. [Northern e.m.E. and ME. griss(e, gris(e (a 1300), var. of Gres. See also Girs.]

1. Grass. Also attrib. with gudis.(a) 1491 Acts II. 225/2.
Twis in the ȝere, … anys one the gris and anys one the corne
c1500-c1512 Dunb. lxi. 46.
Quhen uther hors had bran to byt I gat bot gris
1531–2 Reg. Soltre 195.
Item, part off gris nocht put in this rentale
1576 Fam. Innes 131.
The profeittis of fyfty soumes gris gudis yeirly
1666 Sutherland Corr. 186.
For your horsses, I haue putt them to the grisse alrady
(b) 1463 Lindores Abbey 161.
Ilka man suld hald on his awyn grys a kow or a hors in tedyr
1505 Reg. Cupar A. I. 261.
The croft … with tua kyis grys
1549 Banff Ann. I. 24.
All swyne to be slayne geve thai be fundin in corne or grys
1555 Prot. Bk. T. Dalrymple 18 b.
The tane aiker … wyth ane covis grys and ane hors grys

2. A medicinal herb. a1400 Leg. S. xi. 24.
I haf hard … of the cure, thru thé wrocht is Bot ony medycyne ore gris [L. herbis]
Ib. xl. 1381.
That helpe of gris gat he nane Na of charme na of stane

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