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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).
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Hornit, Hornyt, a. [ME. horned, hornd (a 1300), f. Horn n.]

1. Of animals, having horns or long ears. a1500 Henr. Fab. 892.
The da, the ra, the hornit hart, the hynd
c1500-c1512 Dunb. xxxiii. 74.
The myttane … Wend he had bene the hornit howle
1513 Doug. vii. Prol. 105.
Hornyt hebowd, quhilk we clepe the nycht owle
Ib. viii. ii. 23.
Hornyt [L. corniger] ryver, ryngand as lord and kyng Our all the fludis
1575 Edinb. Test. III. 453.
Ane quhite hornit kow & ane hummill kow

b. With qualifying adj., as blak, gra hornit. 1479 Bk. Carnegie 20.
A sesing ox, gra hornyt and quhit chekit
1563 Prot. Bk. J. Drummond 30.
Ane [ox] quhite garit, ane grene hornit, ane blak hornit
1595 Misc. Spald. C. II. 129.
Ane gray hornit ox, stowin be yow

2. Displaying or wearing something like horns.(1) 1513 Doug. iii. Prol. 2.
Hornyt lady, pail Cynthia
Ib. xiii. Prol. 69.
I se … hornyt Lncyne castand bot dym lycht
c1552 Lynd. Mon. 153.
Synthea, the hornit nychtis quene
a1568 Scott xiv. 3.
Hornit Dyane with hir paly glemis
(2) a1447 Bower II. 376.
The unlait woman … Gangis … in the curt, hornit like a gait
1558-66 Knox I. 157.
The horned bischopis and thare complices
1569 Sat. P. vi. 33.
How potent was that hornit byke of hell Into this land, … It is weill knawin

3. Fitted with horn or horns. 1507 Treas. Acc. IV. 15.
Pointis hornyt with gold
Tua targetis for bonetis hornyt with gold
1607 Dundee B. Laws 411.
[The glover] sall mak of the same [leather] … ane dosan of poyntis sufficiently hornit
1625 Brechin Test. IV. 198.
Ane dusson grein hornit sponis

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