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First published 1971 (DOST Vol. IV).
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Magdalen(e, Magdelan(e. [ME. Magdaleyne (Chaucer), eccl. L. (Marīa) Magdalēna, (Mary) of Magdala.] The Magdalene. Also attrib. in Magdalen-day (= her feast, 22 July) and Magdalen-fare (= fair). a1400 Leg. S. xvi. 28, etc.
The Magdalene
Ib. 830.
The Magdelan
c1500-c1512 Dunb. ix. 146; etc.
The Magdalene
attrib. (1) 1513 Prestwick B. Rec. 45.
That he haid a kow fra the Magdelane day lows
1531 Bell. Boece II. 373.
This battall was strikin on the Magdalen day
1572-5 Diurn. Occurr. 306.
The xxij day [of July] being the Magdalen day
a1699 Skene Agric. MS.
Magdalen day in Lithgow whilk is nine dayis before Lambes is good to buy ather oxen … or horse
(2) 1531 Treas. Acc. V. 427.
The xx day of Julii to Robert Gib to by hors to the King at the Magdalen fare

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