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Missel(l, n. Also: mis(s)all, -aill, -ill, myssell. [Sc. var. of Mussel(l n.; but cf. OF. muisel, var. of musel Mussel(l, and e.m.E. mezell (once, 1523).]

1. The muzzle or bridle of a plough, = Mussel(l n. 3 a. Ane pleuch with … sok, culter and missaill; 1534 Selkirk B. Ct. MS. 186 (8 Nov.).
Misall; 1573 Edinb. Test. II. 321.
The thyftous steilling … of an irn some with ane missell & draw naill; 1614 Haddington B. Rec. (Robb) 26 Dec.
Ane plewch with cowtter, sock, missell, drauchtnaill, with ane pair of swingiltreis; 1636 Edinb. Test. LVII. 327 b.
1658 Boyd Fam. P. No. 236 (27 Feb.).
All that belongs to the pleugh … The missel and the pleugh-bowl; Pleugh-Song in
Forbes Cantus (1666).

2. A gun-muzzle. = Mussel(l n. 3 b. In the laich munitioun hous … sex missellis of irne; 1566 Inv. Wardrobe 170.

3. A muffler or chin-cloth. = Mussel(l n. 4 and Muf(f)ell n. For further examples, see Cornet(t n. 1. Ane elne of welwote to be hir missallis and paitlat; 1548 Treas. Acc. IX. 258.
Thre elnis fyne blak satin to be hir cornettis, missillis, paitclathtis [etc.]; 1552 Ib. X. 76.
1565 Ib. XI. 350.
Ane collar and tua missellis all holland claith; 1575 Edinb. Test. III. 328 b.
Ȝe sall weir … Ȝour ueluote hat, ȝour hude of stait, Ȝour myssell quhen ȝe gang to gait Fra sone and wind … To keip that face sa fair; Philotus xxvii.

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