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First published 1971 (DOST Vol. IV).

Magrame, Migram(me, n. Also: magryme, maigram; mygrame, -grim; megrum. [ME. and e.m.E. mygrame (Trevisa), -greyme, -grym (a 1536), megrym (c 1566), -grim, also mygreyn (c 1420), -grene, -grane (Cath. Angl.), megryne (c 1530), F. migraine (13th c.), late L. hēmicrānia.] a. Migraine, hemicrania, severe headache (? confined to one side of the head). b. Vertigo, dizziness. — c1500 Rowll Cursing 45 (B).
Maigram [M. Magrame] madnes or missilry
c1500-c1512 Dunb. lxxviii. 3.
My heid did ȝak ȝesternicht; This day … So sair the magryme dois me menȝie, Perseing my brow as ony ganȝie [etc.]
a1568 Bann. MS. 72 b/28.
The cramp, hydropica and the colica, The magrame it is ane of tha
a1605 Montg. Flyt. 313 (T).
The mair, the migram [v.r. mygrame], the mureill, the melt
1595 Duncan App. Etym.
Vertigo, dizzinesse, the migramme
1661 Elgin Rec. II. 298.
That he haid ane sor head with the megrum

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