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Leper, n.1 Also: lepir(e, -yr(e, -are, lepre, leipare. [ME. and e.m.E. lepre (c 1250), leper (14th c.), e.m.E. leaper (1565), OF. lepre, liepre, L. lepra. The commoner Sc. form is lipper, liper, s.v. Lipper n.1] Leprosy. Also fig. a1400 Leg. S. xxiv. 522.
To sere halt he gaf fet & vthyr of lepyre he can bet
Ib. xli. 341.
Constancia … Of foule lepre wes strikine
14.. Acts I. 32/2.
Of smyttyn leper in burgh [L. De percussis lepra in burgo]
Gif ony that duellis in the kyngis burgh … be fallyn in lepyr that is callit mysal
c1420 Wynt. v. 2833.
Off thi lepyr [W. lepire] swa thow sall The hele rycht wele recovyr all
Ib. 3049.
[He] in to the lepyr [W. in to lepare] felle
1490 Acta Conc. I. 124/1.
Johne Ȝoung infect with lepir to quham the said spittale land pertenis
1528 Carnwath Baron Ct. 73.
To the inqueist scab vayth & leipare for pykre & the presentis of heid court
1531 Bell. Boece (M) I. 396.
He apperit to thair sicht full of lepre and maist horribill creature in erde
a1538 Abell 98 b.
Robert of infeccioun in a kind of lepir he deit
fig. 1562-3 Winȝet II. 36/9.
Be the admixtioun of certane lepre, he defylit al his labouris
1588 King Cat. 90.
Nocht to iudge of the lepre of the body bot of the saull

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