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First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).
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Gyre-carling, n. Also: gyr-, gyircarlyng. [ON. gýgr ogress, Carling n.] An ogress. 1528 Lynd. Dreme 45.
Mony other plesand storye Off the reid etin, and the gyir carlyng
1540 Id. Sat. 4592.
For my gudame, the gyre carling, Leirnde me the prophesie of Marling
a1568 Bann. MS. 136 b/4.
Thair dwelt ane grit gyre carling in awld Betokis bour
1560 Rolland Seven S. 4004.
Ane gyre carling, and graceles clatterar
1569-73 Bann. Memor. 337.
Judge ȝe how ghaist and gyrecarlingis comes in amonges thame
a1585 Polwart Flyt. 681 (T).
Leve boigillis, brouneis, gyr carlingis, & ghaistis

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