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Quaver, n.1 Also: quavir, -yr, quawer, quever; and Caver. [OF quevre, cuevre, coivre, also OF quivre, AF quiveir, whence ME (a1300) and e.m.E. quiver, Quiver n. For the phonology, cf. Quaif(f n.] A quiver, a case for arrows or crossbow-bolts. Also fig. Also applied to a bag or case for holding a bow or for golf-clubs. For ane quavir full of arrowis; 1504 Treas. Acc. II 449.
1511–12 Ib. IV 327.
With arrow casys and other quavyrris [Ruddim. quauerys] lycht; Doug. x iv 17.
Ib. vii xiii 83, etc.
For ane quavir to turs the ganȝeis in; 1539 Treas. Acc. VII 178, etc.
1567 Bamff Chart. 70.
1575 Treas. Acc. XIII 69.
Both quaver [W. quiver] wings and bow; Montg. Ch. & Slae 748 (Wr.).
Ib. 114, 145.
Ane bow ane quaver with the arrowis; 1585 Perth B. Ct. 27 April.
1587 Edinb. Test. XVII 162.
Quawer; Fowler I 73/181.
Mure Dido & Æneas ii 251.
1621 Edinb. Test. LI 56b.
1627 Ib. LIV 117.
Ane arrow quever and ane bow quever, item ane quever for clubes; 1664 Ib. LXXI 313b.
fig. Whose quaver fild with such [sons] is … His happines is great; Mure Psalmes cxxvii 25.

b. Quaver-caice, a woman's vagina. — Sic treitment is a trane To cleive thair quaver caice; Scott iv 47.

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