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O, Oo, n.2 Also: oe, oy. Plur. oyes, oys(e. [e.m.E. (Shakesp.).]

1. The shape of the letter O, regarded as a circle. 1543 Bk. Old Edinb. C. XXIII. 94.
[He was ordered to close the three] roundis maid in manner of o
1554 Ib.
[Decerned … to alter the little square window in his land into an] o [and to bar and glaze it]

b. Oe end, o-shaped end, round or circular end. 1570–1 Elgin Rec. I. 124.
That the penny candill be of xi ensche by the oe end

2. A circular window. Also round oo.(1) 1531 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 51.
Till mak ane squair wyndo … quhare the round oo is now
1654 Lanark B. Rec. 153.
To pit up in his back wall ane round oe
(2) 1551 Dundee B. Ct. II. 89 b.
The said o till be takin dovne & the wall to be closit wp
1555–6 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 365.
The o in the heid of the said windo
1562 Dundee B. Laws 29.
That the saids oyse be only but in breid and lenth ane foot of measure and … stainshont with iron and glassit
1586 Edinb. D. Guild Acc. 254.
To Dauid Kaldwell quarieur … to brek the wall of the stepill at the o
1597 Elgin Rec. II. 56.
1625 Glasgow B. Rec. I. 347.
1637–8 Ib. 483.
To help to cut ane oy of his in the stone

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