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Loup, Lowp, n.1 Also: loupe, lowpe, (lawp), lup, loop. [ME. (Destr. Troy) and e.m.E. loup(e, e.m.E. (17th c.) loop(e : cf. Sc. and Ir. Gael. lùb id.]

1. A loop, in the usual applications. Also attrib. in lowp knot. Also allusively in Grass-market loop, a hangman's noose, (from the Grassmarket, Edinburgh, where executions were commonly carried ont). (1) The tother part [of the adder], lamyt, clynschis and makis hir byd, In lowpis [R. loupis] thrawyn and lynkis of hir hyde; Doug. v. v. 66.
For ix stane merling cord … to wap and mak the lowpes of the somes and thetis; 1542 Treas. Acc. VIII. 131.
Euerie cord bot ane faldome of lyntht, vitht ane loupe on the end al reddy maid; Compl. 103/24.
[They] thought at first … the neck-cloath not having any drawn knot (or run loup) that he had not been quite dead; 1696 Murray Witch-cult 204.
attrib. At ane hie balk teyt vp scho has With a lowp [R. loupe] knot a stark cord or a las, Quharwith hir self scho spilt; Doug. xii. x. 122.
(2) Go together to hell in troops, Else strive for new Grassmarket loops; c 1680 (1682) Ravillac Redivivus 35.

b. ? A loop or ring of silver. Ane siluer loup of four vnce wecht price of the vnce iij li.; 1622 Orkney & Zetl. Test. MS. I. 76 b.

2. A loop of cord or braid on a garment or the like, used with a button as a fastening. For lawpis [sic in pr.] and nyne buttonis to the womb of his masterchipis breikis; 1590 Thanes of Cawdor 197.
His wnder coate hanging with the loupes opened; Balfour Ann. IV. 395.
Ane hung bed … with silk buttons and loups conforme; 1653 Soc. Ant. XXIII. 300.

b. plur., also uninfl. as a coll. Cord or braid consisting of a series of loops, for fastening garments in this way or for ornament. For viij ell of lup to your m. putchis and sleffis; 1591 Thanes of Cawdor 199.
iiij ellis louppis to the doublett; 1592 Ib. 213.
xxv vnce cordingis … nyne vnce loupis at xx s. the vnce; 1597 Edinb. Test. XXXI. 267.

c. Attrib. in loup lais. e.m.E. loope-lace (1632). For lowpe lais 0. 0. 4; 1614 Laing MSS. I. 135.
Loup lais; Ib. 137.

3. ? A loop or bend in the course of a stream or of a hillside or valley. Perh. directly repr. Gael. lùb in the same use. And fra thin to the hede of Carn Glascha and to the lowpe of Fascheloch; c 1460 Reg. Cupar A. I. 131.

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