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A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (up to 1700)

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First published 1983 (DOST Vol. V).
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Plage, Plague, Pleg, n.2 [ME. plag(e (Wyclif, Chaucer), OF. plage, L. plaga.] a. A region, zone. b. A quarter or point of the compass. c. ? One of the ‘quarters’ or subdivisions of a burgh. —a. 1513 Doug. vii. iv. 80.
Torrida zona … is amyd the hevynnys situat Amang four othir plagis temperate
b. c1515 Asl. MS. I. 304/11.
xxxv mylis fra Jerusalem toward the south plage
1501 Doug. Pal. Hon. 195.
Ane dyn I hard approching … Quhilk mouit fra the plague septentrionall
1530 Lynd. Test. Pap. 751.c. 1432 Ayr. B. Ct. in Aberd. B. Rec. (S.H.S.) xxx n. 1.
That ilka man close with in the plegs of the toun his top and his tail wnder the pain of viij s.

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