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Ostriche, Ostrage, n. Also: ostrech(e, -rix, -ridge, -rike, orstrage. [ME. ostrice (13th c.), ME. and e.m.E. ostrich(e (14th c.), ostrige, etc., OF. ostruce, -uche.] An ostrich. Also attrib. with -eg and -fedder (and see also Ostage-fed(d)er and Ostage).(1) c1460 Alex. (Taym.) 13576.
Scho [the phoenix] was of bodie grete as ane ostrike
Ib. 14580.
As be ane ostrech men may wele persave How it excedis in gretnes
(2) c1460 Alex. (Taym.) 1288.
The armit knychtis … With ostrage fetheris buschus
1506 Orkney & Shetl. Rec. I. 248.
Three ostreche fedderis
1531 Treas. Acc. V. 420.
For xj ostrage fedderis to the King
1597 Bk. Rates 5.
Ostriche fedderis the dosane vj li.
1612 Bk. Rates (Halyb.) 304.
Fans of counterfute ostridge feathers
(3) 1589 Balcarres P. MS. V. 197.
The compter of the orstrage ege with the graithe contenit thairin
1590 Nat. Lib. MS. 34. 2. 17.
Ane ostrix eg coupe garneissit in siluer dowble ourgilt
1643 Edinb. Test. LX. 280.
Ane ostriche ege pryce thairof xij s.

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