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Papingo(e, -aw, Papyngo, n. Also: papp-, paipp-, pep-. [sc. var. of Papinga(y. Cf. OF. papegau, -au(l)t, 13th c. varr. of papegay, MLG. papenghoy (1392), MDu. papengoy, a parrot, also a target-figure, cf. also Papejaye n.] A popinjay, in the usual senses and applications.

1. A parrot. 1530 Lynd. Test. Pap. 63.
Papingo [: fro]
Ib. 80.
1538 Treas. Acc. VII. 22.
To by ane papingo to the Kingis grace x cronis
1562 6th Rep. Hist. MSS. App. 648/2.
Ane kaige for the papingo
1570 Sat. P. xv. 37.
Ȝe plesand paun and papingaw [: craw]
a1570-86 J. Maitland Maitl. F. lxxxviii. 56. a1585 Maitl. Q. xxxv. 90.
The papingo in hew exceidis birdis all
1590 Burel Pilgr. i. xxv. a1540 Freiris Berw. 152 (M).
Als proud as ony papingo [: tuo]

2. A representation of a parrot set up as a target for archers.Comb. in papingo bend, in Ayrshire, an ornamental band awarded to the winner of an annual contest in archery. Also bend of, also to, the papingo, id. For further information, see Glasg. Arch. Soc. Trans., N. S. (1896) II. 324 ff.(1) 1574 Misc. Maitl. C. I. 115.
The papingo being appoyntit be Johne Walker bowar, syndery boyith of the citie [Edinburgh] and gentillmen upaland schot at the samin
1665 Irvine Mun. II. 91.
The magistrats … haveing … appoyntit the paippingoe to be set up … And that severall dayis being appoynted for schooting thairat
In being capitan throw my schooting doun of the papingoe and haveing receavit ane scarff of the value afoirsaid thairfore [etc.]
1688 in Glasg. Arch. Soc. Trans. N. S. (1896) II. 324 ff.
At Kilwinning … in order to the restoring of the ancient game of the papingo
(2) 1594–5 Ayr B. Acc. 185.
For the bend to the papingo
Ib. 186.
For taffatie to the youth for the bend of the papingo
1610–2 Ib. 249.comb. 1611–2 Ayr B. Acc. 252.
Papingo bend
1614 Ib. 58.

3. adj. A shade of green. Also papingo grene, id.(1) 1614 Laing MSS. I. 138.
Pepingo greine
1625 Edinb. Test. LIII. 32.
Pappingo grein
(2) 1601 Treas. Acc. MS. 82.
Ane quarter pepingo craip
1640 Edinb. Test. LIX. 244 b.
Blak and papingo philosella

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