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First published 1983 (DOST Vol. V).
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Pen-ball, n. [Pen n. 1.] A ball (prob. a golf ball) stuffed with feathers, ? a ‘feathery’ (SND, s.v. Feathery n., see also R. Browning A History of Golf (1955), esp. pp. i 35–8.) Cf. also flok goiff ballis. s.v. Golf-ball n. 1583 Edinb. Test. XIII. 119 b.
xij dosane xj golf ballis of the commoun sorte at xij s. the dosane … foure dosane viij pen ballis at xxj s. the dosane
1586 Ib. XV. 347 b.
Tuelf pen ballis at ij s. the peice
1594 Ib. XXVII. 100.
liij dosone of golf ballis … lxxiij pen ballis at xxviij s. the dosone
1611 Ib. XLVI. 320.
xij dosone pen ballis at xlv s. the dosone

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