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First published 1971 (DOST Vol. IV).

Marchand-, Merchandabill, a. Also: -abell, -able, -ible, merchantabill, merchanable, merschionabill. [e.m.E. (c 1480) merchandabull, marchand-, marchaunt-, merchantable.]

a. Fit for sale, of merchantable quality. = Marchand B 2 b.Also (gud and sufficient) merchandable ware(s. = Marchand war(e n. a.

b. Available for sale, marketable. = Marchand B 2.(1) 1581 Kirkcudbr. B. Rec. I. 142.
Sauld to the toun his wyne … extending to vj tunnis or thairby being merchandabill
1583 Prot. Bk. J. Mason 223.
Ane last of gude and sufficient ilis hering and merchandabill sufficientlie packit
Ib. 224.
Twa last of gude and sufficient Ilis hering, merchantabill packit hering; the quhilkis twa lastis of Ilis hering … sufficient and merchandabill packit as said is, the said Robert … to … deliver [etc.]
1613 Glasgow Merchants House iii.
[Two hogsheads of herring are full of salt] swa that the samyn is nayther proffit nor merchandible
1669 Kirkcudbr. Sheriff Ct. Deeds I. 200.
Certane marchandable daillis
1672 Kirkcudbr. Test. (Kirkcudbr. Sheriff Ct.) 22 Nov.
Dew … for sewerall merchandable commodities
(2) 1587 Orkney & Shetl. Rec. 212.
Ane barrell butter merchandabell war
1591 Reg. Great S. 643/2.
Ane barrell sufficient buttir merschionabill wairis
1674 Rothesay B. Rec. 332.
Good and sufficient merchanable ware bought and receaved be him from the complainer

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"Merchandabill adj.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 18 Aug 2022 <>



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