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Nurs, n. Also: nurce, nursce, nuirs, nourse. [e.m.E. and ME. nurse (c 1420), nurce (1587), nource (1546), nourse, also nors(e (Trevisa), norce (c 1420), reduced form of Nuris n. Cf. also Nursh.] A nurse = Nuris n. 1. Also fig. and attrib. — Gevin to hir nursce for small expensis debursit be hir; 1539 Treas. Acc. VII. 266.
Debora his [Jacob's] vmwhile mothers nurce; Birnie Kirk-b. viii.
To Cathrein Sharpes nuirs for ane yeires fie 36/00/00.; 1663–6 Household Bks. Archb. Sharp MS. 28 b.
fig. Mother to all mischeefe and nourse most favourable to superstition; 1559 Knox VI. 14.
attrib. [For a year's] nurs fie and fostering of ane chyld to her; 1660 Melrose Reg. Rec. I. 309.

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