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First published 1983 (DOST Vol. V).
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Orn, v. P.t. ornat. P.p. ornit. [Late ME. (c 1440) and e.m.E. (1545), F. orner, L. ornāre. Cf. Ourn (and Anourn(e v.1, Enourn v.).] tr.To adorn, embellish, grace (by one's presence), and fig. — a1538 Abell 41 b.
He ornat the kinrik of Britane with gude maneris
1580 Skeyne Descr. Well Introd. 17.
The medicinal water, which not only orneth the towne of Aberdene but blesseth the territorie about it with a treasure of health
1581 Cath. Tr. 136/9.
That the altaris vas vont to be ornit vith veluot
a1585 Maitl. Q. xcv. 42.
Ȝe gentil men … Quha with ȝour presence ornis this funerall
1584 Cal. Sc. P. VII. 362.
Achilles uas ornit with so diuers and rare uertus

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