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Quhite, adj. (adv.) and n.2 Also: quhit, qwhit(e, quhyt(e, qwhyt(e, quhytt(e; quyt(e, qwyt; whit(e, whyt(e, whitt, vhyt, whytt; quhyit; quheyit; quheit(e, quheyt(e, quheitt, queyt, wheit; quhet(e; wheet, whett; quheat, wheat; quhat, quhait, quhaytt, whait; Fyte. Compar. and superl. also quhyttar, -er, whitter, quhittast. [Early ME, ME and e.m.E. hwit, wit (c1200), quit (c1250), quite, quitte, white (Cursor M.), quyte (14th c.), whyte (Chaucer), whitte (1422), qwyte (c1425), qwhyet (15th c.), weit, weyte (16th c.), wheat (1556), compar. hwittere (c1200), whitter (c1403), superl. whyttest (1398), OE hwít.]

A. adj. White, in the usual senses and applications. Chiefly attrib. Freq. with connotations of fineness, delicacy, good quality, or the like. Also in various allusive and symbolic applications, see also quhite rose s.v. Rose n. 4. In the earliest (c1150–1300) recorded place-names the commonest forms are wite-, etc., also white-; hwite-, also ywhit-, forms are found from early in the 13th c.; qwit- forms are not attested till early in the 14th c., and the first attested qwhytte-, qwhit- place-name forms are dated 1375 and 1399. Examples of these early forms are (in some cases, however, from later copies): 12th century:- Wythelawe; 1147–52 Liber Calchou 6.
Vithemer; c1150 Ib. 298.
Witehou; c1165 Coldstream Chart. 6.
Wytefeld; c1200 Liber Calchou 100.
Vhitelawa et Vhitemere; 1160 Facs. Nat. MSS I 17.
13th century:- Wittune … Withetune [ed. Wiche-]; a1214 Liber Melros 125, 126.
Withithun [ed. -chun]; Ib. 47.
Culture mee de Witerig; c1230 Liber Dryburgh 117.
Ad riuulum de Wythhop; 1235–6 Liber Melros 667.
Wyteside; a1300 Reg. Dunferm. 105.
Whitton; a1214 Liber Melros 132.
Et xxxa acras in Whytefeld apud Rath; 1226 Reg. Episc. Morav. 21.
Hwitheton, Hwit-; a1214 Liber Melros 108.
Ywittoun; a1214 Liber Melros 151*.
14th century:- Witeley; 1310 Liber Melros 378.
Witley; Ib. 379.
Wettebyris; a1400 Reg. Neubotle 24.
Wytterigh; ?a1400 Ib. 52.
Whytslade; 1342 Liber Melros 442.
Whetakyr; ?a1400 Reg. Neubotle 230.
Hwytemyr; c1320 Reg. Great S. 26/2.
Hwytfyld; 1333 Liber Dryburgh 256.
Pro terra de Qwytford; 1309–10 Reg. Episc. Morav. 149.
Qwytchestrys; 1380 Reg. Dunferm. 272.
Willelmi de Qwhyttesoun; 1375 Exch. R. II 486.
Terras de Qwhitchestre … in baronia nostra de Hawic; 1399 Maxwell Mem. I 137.
15th century:- Johannis Quhitlaw; 1416 Ib. IV 256.
Qwytelaw; 1428 Liber Melros 520.
Of the landez of the quhitfeld; 1462 Charter (Reg. H.) No. 368.
Qwhytle; 1466 Chart. Coupar A. II 59.
Et sic … supra finem occidentalem de le Quhytfauld; 1490 Reg. Paisley 265.
The spellings Qwitcestyr (a1182 Chart. Coldstream 18 heading), Quhitlie (1310 Liber Melros 378 heading) and Quhitlaw (1333 Liber Dryburgh) are probably not contemporary. Some later examples are: Cum lie quhyt hilloke; 1547 Reg. Episc. Aberd. I 432.
Quhite barony; 1565–6 Reg. Privy S. V ii 62/1.
Quithillis; 1575 Waus Corr. 58.
The quhytt kirk of Bricheine; Pitsc. I 17/10.
Quhyte craigs; Dalr. I 3/7.
Quhytstainhill; 1634 Peebles Gleanings 163.
Quheithall (= Whitehall, London); 1664 Household Bks. Archb. Sharp in
Misc. Maitl. C. II 518.
Examples of quhite in early use as a surname or surname element (for further examples and references, see Black Surnames s.v. White, etc.): Johannes Whit; 1363 Rot. Sc. 876/2.
Johannes Qwyt; 1365 Ib. 892/2.
Compotum … Johannis Wyth; 1373 Exch. R. II 415.
Compotum … Gilberti Qwhyt; 1375 Ib. 489.
1376 Ib. 537.
Johanni Qwhyte burgensi de Invernyss; 1398 Reg. Episc. Morav. 211.
Domino Willelmo Quhit; 1434–5 Reg. St. A. 419.
Johannis Quhyit; 14.. (?1454) Reg. Episc. Aberd. I 263.
Roberti Withewyd; 1329 Exch. R. I 212.
Agnete Whytheuid; Ib. 245.
Adam Whiteheved; 1362 Rot. Sc. 859/2.
Andree Quhytbrow; 1426 Ib. 416.

1. Of material things: White in colour. White; lustrous; shining; transparent; light in colour; not otherwise coloured, dyed or marked; colourless; off-white, as greyish-white, yellowish-white, etc.

a. In general use. (1) Twa cronis mad wynnly Of spanyst rose & quhyt lely; Leg. S. xliii 138.
For gif he escapis mysalry he sall have the quhite spechis callit morphea; Hay II 135/12.
And fra the Cragwel to the red stane ascendand and tharfra to the tua standand gray stanys and tharfra to the quhit stane; 1493 Liber Aberbr. 279.
Bk. Chess 49.
? Dunb. To London 33.
At the sulphuryus quhite ryvar callit Nar; Doug. vii viii 94.
Sen I may say in gude langage ane quhyt thing ane blak thing; Vaus (1531) 2.
Giff I will say the craw is blak, than ȝow will say that scho is quhytt; Lamb Resonyng 133/2.
Ane comeit … aperis oft in the quhyt circle callit circulus lacteus; Compl. 58/14.
All paithit wes the hall of marbill whyte; Clar. v 105.
That how mony colouris that euir this chamæleon change that it can neuir … turne perfytelie quhyte; Buch. Wr. 53.
Fyve pleittis of quheit anamaling; 1578 Inv. Wardrobe 241.
Gevand … for the richt of patronage … ane quheat rose … in name of blenche ferme; 1606 Acts IV 295/2.
For a large whyt lam [pr. lain] poringer for milk [12 s.]; 1694 Foulis Acc. Bk. 168.
(2) To compair … the quhytest layke bot with the blackest asse; Philotus 477.
Hume Orthog. 30.
Our salt is whitter; 1665–7 Lauder Jrnl. 92.

b. Of yarn, stuffs, fabrics, hides, furs, etc.; of articles or garments made from any of these; also transf., of persons, esp. religious, wearing white garments, see also Quhit(e) chan(n)on, Quhite frere, Quhite monk. Freq., worn as a mark or symbol of purity, innocence or repentance. Quhite webbis (wobbis), cf. later Sc. white webs ‘a species of woollen cloth’ made ‘about 60 years ago’ (1795 in SND). See also Quhit(e)-ledder n. To haif na (to want) quhite threid, ? to lack money, to be badly off. Cf. the quot. f. Carmichael (No. 751) under 6 below. (1) His clathis are quhyte … Sete with stanis; Leg. S. ix 55.
Swannis … In quhyte rocatis arrayd; Howlat 172 (A).
viij ellis of chamlet, rede and quhite; 1495 Treas. Acc. I 233.
Half ane stane of ȝarne of smal quhite woll; 1502 Acta Conc. MS XII 84.
Ane freir … of the habite quhite [: Carmelite]; Stewart 49829.
Broun pointis … quhite pointis and … threid pointis; 1575 Edinb. Test. III 328b.
Ane quhite polk of greit ches men of bane; 1578 Inv. Q. Mary lxxi n.
The dewill apperit to him with quhyte rayment; 1590 Crim. Trials I ii 210.
Sevin ellis quhyte beircorne; 1627 Edinb. Test. LIV 167b.
(b) Hukstaris … sal nocht by … woll wrocht na lyttyt na nane bot quhyt woll … outtane the tym of the fayre; Acts I 34/2.
A quhit elne of clath; 1480–1 Prestwick B. Rec. 29.
A wowyn quhyt hatt scho brassit on; Wall. i 242.
A quhit hyde to be brestledderis and nekledderis to hamys; 1496 Treas. Acc. I 293.
Twa paire of gluffis quhit for the doubling of blanchferme of the sammyn landis; 1501 Acta Conc. II 489.
In riches of quhit and deligat woll; Bell. Boece I xxxv.
Quhyt scheip ledder gluvis; 1578 Edinb. Test. VI 197.
Quhyt & gray bukcasie; 1584 Ib. XIV 132.
Ane quhytt rooge; 1623 Fraser P. 236.
A pair of whit Spanish leather shoes; 1662 Moncreiffs 289.
Foure whyt plaids; 1685 Mackintosh Mun. 137.
(c) Quhete and ȝallow taffatis; 1511 Treas. Acc. IV 209.
For ane lyning quhet lamskynnis till it [a livery coat]; Ib. 235.
Twa payr quhet hoys; 1559 Inverness Rec. I 39.
(d) Ten stanis quheit woll; 1562 Inverness Rec. I 81.
Ane tartan blak and quheit … and ane quheit pled; 1566 Ib. 139.
With quheit and reid satyne; 1569 6th Rep. Hist. MSS App. 672/1.
Quheite; 1578 Inv. Wardrobe 223.
The quheitt doublait; 1580 Treas. Acc. MS 34.
Ane queyt brydill to the geldin broun; 1591 Thanes of Cawdor 204.
Quheyt pairling threid; 1622 Edinb. Test. LI 220b.
Tuo quheitt coattis; 1648 Ib. LXIII 349.
(e) Courtingis of bew and quhyit drogitt; 1580 Coll. Aberd. & B. 391.
1582 Treas. Acc. MS 66.
(f) Wheat garmentis; 1617 Misc. Abbotsf. C. 299.
2 peice of ribbanes, on quheat, ane other purpill; 1663–6 Household Bks. Archb. Sharp MS 4.
(g) Too pers of glovs, on per wheet; 1664 Old Ross-shire I 204.
(h) ix quhat skynnes; 1575–6 Dumfries B. Ct. MS 20 March.
(2) viij elne of cotonyt quhit clath; 1488 Treas. Acc. I 164.
A wynd off quhite claith; 1493 Acta Aud. 176/2.
Quhit clath to be almous clathis; 1507–8 Treas. Acc. IV 40.
Upoun quhyt clayth of silver; 1542 Inv. Wardrobe 82.
Quhyt hois of quhyt clayth; Ib. 96.
Pitsc. I 174/12.
1583 Elgin Rec. I 172.
(3) Seruands … direct … to Ansterdame to mak merket of braid quhyte wobbis and sum schoirling skynnis; 1584 Edinb. B. Rec. IV 363.
Quhyt webis; 1600 Aberd. Council Lett. I 90.
(4) Godis angel … That cled hir in a garment quhyte; Leg. S. xli 165.
‘Qwhy is thi clethyng sa qwhyt sene?’ ‘For caus I deyd madyn clene’; Wynt. vii 1537.
In a faire quhit clething, and that betakynnit jnnocence and halines; Irland Mir. I 130/11.
He wes lichtlyit and cled in quhit claithis for schame; Rois Garlandis 115.
Hamilton Cat. 192.
That the said Mariorie sall cum to the place appointit for publitt repentance barfit and bair legit with ane peticot quhit; 1565 Canongate Kirk S. (ed.) 36.
The lynning quhyte presentis the innocent And signefeis of conscience clarite; Bann. MS 86a/45.
Margaret Porter … mad her repentance in quheit scheitts; 1639 Sc. N. & Q. 1 Ser. XII 59.
1671 Kingarth Par. Rec. 78.
(5) Sche said God give every ane of them gude of uthir for I haif na quhite threid to quyte him out; 1560 St. A. Kirk S. 32.
Bot want ȝe quhyt threid ȝe can nocht cum speid, Blak walloway mon be ȝour sang; a1568 Sempill Sat. P. xlviii 71.
transf. Mony acquentances thare was sene, Quhyte, rede, ȝallow, blak and grene; Alex. ii 9331.
The ordyr Premonstrens … , That are to say, Chawnownys Quhyt, For swa hewyd is thair habyt; Wynt. vii 791.
Howlat 178.
And now quhyte as ane freir; Henr. Fab. 2550.
The quhyte heremyte; Asl. MS I 212/26.
The freiris of Iacobinis quhyt of hew; Freiris Berw. 24 (M).
The quhyt knyght; Clar. iv 1103.
Certane quhait schawillingis … castand the mir and sence about the pepill; c1562 Reeves Sc. Prose bef. 1600 80.
Johnne Irving, called Quhytcloik; 1611 Reg. Privy C. IX 711.

c. Applied to various metals, sometimes indicating an alloy with or coating of a paler metal. See also Quhit(e)-irn(e and Quhit(e) silvir b. (1) Wyth scheld and spere off sylvyr qwhyt [C. qwhite]; Wynt. vii 702.
Buttonis of quhite sewing silver; 1542 Inv. Wardrobe 91.
(2) For … broudering of … ane quhit caip with sonnys of quhit gold; 1503 Treas. Acc. II 290.
Furnist with quhyt buttonis of gold; 1542 Inv. Wardrobe 81.
(3) Ane cap of quhit plait to put out the candillis with; 1506 Edinb. Hammermen 55b.
(4) For v quhit platis of irn to be chargeouris; 1506 Treas. Acc. III 142.
For v dosan quhit platis to be lanternis and bowatis; Ib. 354.

d. Of articles made of a pale and shining metal or alloy. See also Quhit(e) silvir a. Some of the later examples given under (1) perh. belong rather to a above. Also transf., applied to various payments made in (sc. silver) money. (1) The quhyt scottis penny; 1467 Acts II 88/2.
Thre brokin gilt pecis of siluer … thre quhite pecis; 1488 Treas. Acc. I 85.
Payand thairfore [sc. lands] ȝeirly a pare of quhite spurris; 1501 Acta Conc. MS XI 70b.
Quhit chargeour … gilt chargeoris; 1511 Treas. Acc. IV 172.
Ane quheat basing; 1590 Nat. Lib. MS 34.2.17, 21.
The siluir fut of the quhyte cope; 1610 Edinb. Test. XLVI 174.
A whyt dish for holding of water to my ladeys hands; 1683 Inv. in
Donibristle Mun. (Earl of Moray's MSS) 6 (9–10 May).
(2) That ilke gentilman … be sufficiently harnest & anarmit, with bassanat, sellat, quhyte hat, gorgeat [etc.]; 1491 Acts II 226/1.
For xj pair of for harnes … for vj schapiois and quhit hattis … for iij pair vantbrases; 1504–6 Treas. Acc. III 90.
That all burges & tennandis of the borowlandis haue jak, splentis, sellet, or quhithate wyth speyr [etc.]; 1512 Wigtown B. Ct. 1b.
And all hys armour quhite and burnyst brycht; Doug. x ix 79.
A quhythalt; 1515–16 Selkirk B. Ct. (ed.) 36.
For ane quhit bar loke with ane pair of quhit bands; 1553–4 Edinb. B. Rec. II 350.
1554–5 Ib. 305.
The expenssis I hawe debursit upon iron vark: … For viij quhyt crampettis [etc.] … with thar nallis all tynnit; 1560–1 Edinb. Old Acc. II 138.
1561–3 Ib. I 432.
Ane hevi ax, ane quhite spindill of irne; 1563–4 Prot. Bk. Thomas Johnsoun 138.
Thrie hankis of quhyt wyre … chaiplet wyre … Nevringberg wyre; 1616 Edinb. Test. XLIX 160b.
Quyt clesps; 1621 J. Bell in Glasg. Her. (1864) 25 June.
For piping 2 s., pane mending 2 s., whit bands 6 d.; 1679 Sc. Ant. IX 108.
transf. Uplifting … of all casualties under specifeit. … For ilk quhyt unlaw decerned in the baillie courtis iv d.; 1582 Old Ross-shire I 108.
With the quhyte and small teind used and wont; 1663 Kirkcudbr. Sheriff Ct. Deeds I 116.
[She is to pay yearly 13 merks of teind and feu duty, and to pay her] whyt teind [to the said John]; 1698 Ib. II 677.

e. Of clear or lustrous substances, as water, wine, pearls, glass, and precious stones. Freq. in collocation with clere. See also Quhit(e) wyn(e. (1) Al the feld, that wes our-sprad With fare quhyte dew; Leg. S. vii 814.
The gude water is … quhite and clere wele gustit and lycht; Hay ii 138/33.
Watter … is ane of the clerast & quhittast & mast clene elementis; Loutfut MS 10b.
Twa spunful of quhyte odoratiue subtile vyne; Skeyne Descr. Pest 21.
(2) Margaret Vertuyse clere lytil and quhyt; Leg. S. xxviii 4.
& for it [sc. the pearl] is quhyt clere schenand; Ib. 13.
O precius Mergreit, plesand, cleir, and quhit [: delit]; Dunb. (O.U.P.) xxxi 33.
This perle polist most quhyt; Tayis Bank 82.
(3) Summa of the hale glas baith pantit and quhyte glas; 1531–2 M. Works Acc. (ed.) I 95.
1534–5 Ib. 128.
Ane ring with ane quhyt dyamont; 1542 Inv. Wardrobe 67.
Coverit with silver owirgilt with ane quhyte stane; 1543 Ib. 111.
Tua grit diamantis … and a quheit sapheir; 1578 Ib. 265.
1579 Ib. 291.
Ane pair of whyt lamber bracelets; 1649 Edinb. Test. LXIV 256b.

f. Quhite wand (staff, battoune, rod), carried by officials as a symbol of authority, also by the Devil (in human shape) and his emissaries or devotees. Also, carried as a sign of infectious illness, or of contact with this. (1) Than this Jhon tuk a qwhyt [C. qwyt] wand, And gave wp in till Edwardis hand Off this kynryk all the rycht; Wynt. viii 1963.
Johne Balliol … come with ane quhit wand in his hand to King Edward … and resignit all richt and titill … to the croun of Scotland be staf and burdoun in King Edwardis handis; Bell. Boece II 367.
And also gif I had the quhit wand [pr. wind] I suld tak xx menis wiffis … be the hand that hes playit the huris; 1565 Canongate Kirk S. (ed.) 35.
Diurn. Occurr. 333.
The haill counsallouris to have on the mustour dayes ane quhyte staf; 1579 Edinb. B. Rec. IV 123.
Constitute vith thair quhyt staffas as sergeantis; Hamilton Cath. Tr. in
Cath. Tr. (S.T.S.) 90/19.
John Auchavulling without the dor with ane quhyte battoune in his hand to keep all folks frae us; 1595 Highland P. I 164.
That his majestie is resolved that you shall have the whyt stafe; 1616 Mar & Kellie MSS Suppl. 64.
Ib. 72.
The thesaurer … wold rather lay doune his whyte staffe then practise it; Rothes Affairs Kirk 43.
1665 Glasgow B. Rec. III 52.
His whyte rode (the badge of his office) to bee pulled from him [the Earl of Traqwaire]; J. Gordon Hist. I 23.
transf. A motione … that the High Constables whyte safes [sic] may remove likewayes; 1689 Acts XII 49/1.
(2) Thom Reid … ane honest wele elderlie man … ane blak bonet on his heid … and ane quhyte wand in his hand; 1576 Crim. Trials I ii 51.
That the Devill had appeared … appareled all in blacke, with a white wande in his hande; Newes from Scotland in
Ib. 221.
Ib. 222.
Metting the corne with ane quhyt wand … sua na thing grew that yeir bot fichakis; 1597 Misc. Spald. C. I 190.
(3) Fyve persouns … to be berares and clengearis … and thir persouns to haif a signe and taikin viz. a littill quhyte wand iij quarteris lang with a hupe of quhyte irne at the end; 1499–1500 (c1580) Edinb. B. Rec. I 77.
All sic infectit persouns … [to] haif ane quhyt vand in thair hand, or ane quhyt claith sewit vpoun thair brestis, in taikin of thair seiknes; 1512–13 (c1580) Ib. 140.

g. Of certain commodities, sometimes as much to indicate high quality as to differentiate by colour. Quhite paper, paper that is white in colour; blank paper, not written or printed on. To leif paper quhite, to leave it blank. Quhite meile, appar. oat- or wheatmeal (in the mod. dial., oatmeal as distinct from barleymeal). Cf. gray meal. Quhyt candill, appar. only in the east and north-east. See also Quhite-lede n., Quhit(e) wax n., Quhit(e) wyn(e n.; cf. also Quhite-breid n. (1) Bot baxtaris sal bake brede bath gray & qwhite; Burgh Laws c. 70 (B).
The past of the halfpeny wastel qwhyte and well bultyd sal wey [etc.]; Acts I 312/2.
Ib. 313/2, etc.
1503 (c1580) Edinb. B. Rec. I 97 (see Quhit(t)-breid n.).
Ilk baiking of baiks quhyt or gray; 1573 Dundee B. Laws 340.
(2) Richt as quhite paper is reddy to the prent Off blak and blew fare and foule ymagery; Contempl. Sinn. 265 (Harl.).
Item fourty litill psalme buikis vnbund of the quhit paper price of the peice vj s. viij d.; 1580 Misc. Bann. C. II 205.
Thaj wer send bot blank and quheit paper on baith the sydis; 1594 Acts IV 57/1.
The preins being takin out the holles remained vnclosed as if the samine had been put into whytt peaper; 1661 Black Sc. Witches 38.
Gif lytill rewarde be in wryting, Better war leif my paper quhyt; Maitl. F. lxxiii 33.
(3) Fourtene bollis gud and sufficient meale … half quhite meile weill schillit; 1550 Breadalbane Doc. No. 73.
[Una celdra … farrine avenatice albe, tribus celdris farrine nigre; 1560 Exch. R. XIX 104.]
xij bollis quheit maid in mayne meill, breking meill, stryking meill & quhyte meill; 1576 Edinb. Test. IV 347.
Quhite ait meill; c1592 Liber Aberbr. II xxxv.
Within this ile thair is sic fair quhyte beir meill maid like flowir; Monro W. Isles (1961) 88.
1656 Aberd. B. Rec. IV 162.
Whyt meall; 1675 Kirkcudbr. Sheriff Ct. Deeds I 467.
(4) A quhyt candill; Henr. Fab. 286 (Bann.).
xvj s. wortht of quheit candill; 1569 Inverness Rec. I 180.
Melting away like ane birnand quhyt candle; 1596 Misc. Spald. C. I 88.
That the Deuill appeirit to thé … in silkin abuilȝeament, withe ane quhyt candill in his hand; 1597 Ib. 172.
Ib. 90.
For ane quarter off quhytt candill to the kirk; 1621 Fraserburgh Kirk S. 118b (14 Feb.).
1637 Dysart Gleanings 73.
1649 Antiq. Aberd. & B. IV 781.
(5) Cullouris to the … paintouris: … orpanent quhit alm masticot verdgreis [etc.]; 1537–8 M. Works Acc. (ed.) I 215.
Quhite salt … gret salt; 1540 Acta Conc. & Sess. MS 54b.
1550 Breadalbane Doc. No. 73 (see Kale n. 1 b).
With silkin schakillis and sowlis of quhyte saip; Lichtoun Dreme 64 (Bann.).
The figure of ane doig maid in quhite laym; 1562 Inv. Wardrobe 158.
Leikis onȝeonis and quhitcaill; 1564–5 Perth B. Ct. 267 (9 March).
Ane letter writtin in quhyit ink; 1585 Cal. Sc. P. VIII 75.
Four laifis of quhit suker; 1586 Edinb. Test. XVI 354b.
Thre pund quheit keill seid; 1593 Brechin Test. I 113b.
The frothe of quheit saip; a1595 Misc. Spald. C. II xxx.
Quheit small cord; 1617 M. Works Acc. (ed.) II 40.
A quheit tow; 1618 Ib. 116.
1618 Acts IV 586/2.
Nothing but ane litle quantitie of quhyt moss or fogge; 1643 Misc. Abbotsf. C. 182.
Drawn with quhyte calk; 1650 Nicoll Diary 21.
Whit powder sugar; 1681 Blackness Customs 10b.

h. Of various crops, freq. appar. with ref. to their quality or degree of ripeness. Cf. blak and gray aitis, brokit aittis, gray corne, s.vv. these words. (1) Thay payand ȝerelie … v bollis of gude quhyt aitis; 1547 Reg. Cupar A. II 47.
Quhareof quheit aittis … and of blak aittis; 1561 Reg. Dunferm. 446.
Quhytte aittis; Ib. 460.
Greit quheit aittis … small aittis; 1565 Inverness Rec. I 127.
Sextene bollis victuall, half meill, half quhyte aitis; 1599 Glasgow Prot. X 75.
xvj bollis eittis half quheyit half blak; 1629 Monteith Stewartry Ct. 7 May.
Albarum avenarum lie quhyt aittis; 1632 Reg. Great S. 681/2.
(2) Thre pects quheyt corne eittin … be his hors; 1597 Paisley B. Rec. 201.
The white corn of Tyninghame; 1641 Ritchie Ch. S. Baldred 86.
All my white corn led the week before, and some much sooner viz. the beir made into malt; Ib. 87.
For sax pecks quhyt corne eitten and destroyit; 1654 Rothesay B. Rec. 1.
Thrie pecks quhyte corne skaythit … be his stirks; 1656 Ib. 10.
1666 Ib. 110.
(3) Ane boll quhyt pes cost 7 lib.; 1595 Wedderb. Compt Bk. 96.
As to ȝowr quhyit peis, thair is nane to be haid for the present; 1598 Lennox Mun. 356.
Quhyt pice; Skipper's Acc. (Smettone) 4.
Quhytt peice; Ib. 5.
The wheat pease that came ouer sea; 1649 Lamont Diary 6.
Whyt pies; 1692 Conv. Burghs IV 595.

i. Of barrels, chests or boxes: ? Made of Quhite-irne (cf. d above), or ? painted white. (1) In a quhite coffre of irne … thre thousand … angellis; 1488 Treas. Acc. I 87.
Thir writtes ar conteined in a quhit buist; ?16.. Boyd Fam. P. No. 1.
The whyt box was oppened … and there was found in it for privie contracts and privie mariages … [etc.] the sowme of 150 lib. 11 s. 8 d.; 1647 S. Leith Rec. 78.
(2) The impost following to be vpliftit … of ilk coffer … ane caice … ane quheit trie … ane punscheon … ane Inglis trie [etc.]; 1613 Conv. Burghs II 382.
For lossing and caryeing of ilk squair heavie quhyte pype with Winbridge waires or tries of the lyk quantitie and wecht. … Ilk gritt quhyte pype of dry-wair geir; Ib. 396.
Ane quhyte trie; 1625 Ib. III 198.

j. To mak (also lay) quhite. Because thow can nocht mak ane hair quhyt or black; Hamilton Cat. 62.
[Engaged] to set with lym the allegit corndinaris ill to lay it quhyt; 1591 Aberd. Kirk S. in Hay Post-Ref. Ch. Archit. 219.
Albo, candefacio: to make white; Duncan App. Etym.
Thy occupatioun [collier] will mar myne [fuller], for thow makes blak, and I mak whait; Melvill 480.
Can quhytest suanis more quhyter mak the snau? Montg. Sonn. xii 7.

2. In descriptions of human beings or their persons.

a. Of the hair or beard. Also transf. = white- or grey-haired; fair-haired, and in to-names (see also 9 b (6)). (1) Fare barbe, … Meyngit with quhyte hare; Leg. S. ix 53.
Hayre scho had quhyt & streke; Ib. xviii 225.
Borne thai ar qwhyt [C. qwhit] of canys, Bathe of hewyd and berde at anys; Wynt. i 703.
Quhyte [Asl. With] hair as gold kemmit and sched abak; Henr. Test. Cress. 222 (Ch.).
And thou faire Heline with thy hairis quhyte; Clar. iv 1197.
(2) Quhen for elde he has quhyt hare; Leg. S. xxix 20.
Nou, quhen my beyrd is be cum quhyt; Compl. 15/20.
Rolland Ct. Venus iv 667.
Cani albi capilli in senectute, quhyte hairis; Despauter (1579) 93.
transf. And now my heid is quhyt and hair [M. Now of my heid is quhyt the hair]; Kennedy Bann. MS 268a/13.
Umquhill John McClellane called Whyt Johne; 1684 Kirkcudbr. Test. (Reg. H.) Aug.

b. Of parts of the body, the skin or complexion. Also transf. = white-skinned. With rede lippis and teith quhyt; Alex. ii 10997.
Than Orpheus … in his handis quhite his harp can ta; Henr. Orph. 367 (Ch. & M.).
With palpis quhyt; Id. Thre Deid Pollis 27.
My face quhit; Dunb. Tua Mar. W. 426.
My lyre quhit; Ib. 498.
I sal coniune to thé … that lilly quhite of swar; Doug. i ii 37.
Saw evir man sa quhyt a face, Swa grit ane arme sa fair ane hand; Lynd. Sat. 913.
Rattilland chenȝeis about his hals so quhite; Rolland Ct. Venus i 141.
Ane auld gray beird on ane quhyt mouthe to lay In to ane bed it is ane petuous sycht; Maitland Maitl. F. xxxi 19.
Quhyt ivory hand; Montg. Sonn. xxxix 5.
The wound of the dead man … being whyte and cleane, without any spot of blod; 1610 Crim. Trials III 195.
transf. As a blak more of India can not be denominat quhyt be the quhytnes of snau; Hamilton Cath. Tr. 146.

c. Applied to a woman, as a general term of approbation (cf. b above). O ladeis quhyt; Henr. Thre Deid Pollis 25.
I saw thir lustie Musis quhite; Doug. Pal. Hon. 929.
Lang heff I made of ladyes quhytt [: indytt]; Dunb. (O.U.P.) xxxiii 1.
? Dunb. To London 46.
The Troian madynnys quhite; Doug. i vii 108.
The sex fair virgins, lustie, quhite and small; Clar. ii 1716.
Perfyter and quhyter Then Venus, luiffes quein; Montg. P. i 69.
Glass of al bontye and of beautye quhyte; Fowler I 140/5.
Montg. Misc. P. xlvii 4.

d. Pale, colourless. Sometymes both whote and coulde, Now whyte, now reid; Fowler I 93/188.
Ther faces seimed whyt and as lane; 1629 Elgin Rec. II 211.

3. In descriptions of animals, birds, fishes, etc. See also Quhit(e)-fis(c)h(e n. (1) Owtane qwhite schepe, rydin hors, & drawyn oxin; 1398 Acts I 212/1.
Hors on mony maneris Brasin and broun, quhyte and gray; Alex. ii 3663.
A quhyte dow; Wynt. v 1860.
Ane blonk, of ane ble quhite; Gol. & Gaw. 895.
A quyte bull; Myll Spect. 286/16.
The kingis quhit nag; 1497 Treas. Acc. I 361.
1507 Ib. IV 76.
Thre quhyte quhailis; Lichtoun Dreme 60 (Bann.).
The quhyt ky and bullis of the said forrest … hes bein keipit thir mony ȝeiris … and the lyke was not mantenit in ony vther pairtis of this ile of Albion; Bann. Memor. 348.
The hermyne is ane quhyte beist; Lindsay MS 23b.
Ane gray hors … haifand ane quhyt beld in his foirheid with ane quhyt fute behynd; 1588 Prot. Bk. J. Inglis 35b (6 Oct.).
Monro W. Isles (1961) 74.
The peg quhaytt nag; 1607 Argyll Acc. MS.
A quhyt yowe; 1613 Orkn. & Shetl. Ct. Bk. (ed.) 68.
Whett; Kirk Secr. Commonw. (1964) 340.
(2) Of the excyse … of all fishes both reid and whytt; 1633 Aberd. Council Lett. I 386.
White flook whereof some are a little blewish, with golden like spots over all the skin; 16.. Macfarlane's Geog. Coll. III 191.

4. Conventional, chiefly poetic, uses.

a. In various comparisons, in senses 1–3. For further examples see Lake n.3, Lillie-flour(e n., Milk n.1 a (2), Quhalis-bane n. Cf. also Lillie-quhyte adj., Milk-quhite adj., swan-quhite, etc. Also in fig. context. Hawbrekis, that war quhit as flour; Barb. viii 232.
A laf quhyt as snaw; Leg. S. xxii 590.
Vpone ane stede als quhyte as bane; Alex. ii 9769.
The worthy anciene knycht … with … hare quhite as the snawe; Hay II 7/4.
As milk his hair was quhyte [: plyte]; Alex. (Taym.) (ed.) 505.
Henr. Fab. 2395 (Ch.).
A saill, als quhite as blossum vpon spray; Dunb. G. Targe 51.
In lynnyng clayth, als quhit as ony milk, Tha wand his cors; Stewart 36357.
Intill ane hat of cullour quhyte as floure; Clar. iv 1515.
Ib. 949.
Quhytter; Bann. MS 230b/18.
With many maiden white as beane; Melvill Propine 54.
Ane dame moir quheiter than the snaw; Montg. Suppl. xxiii 1.
fig. For giff ȝour sinnis be reid as blwid ȝeit thay sal be quhyt as snaw [etc.]; Gau 63/29.

b. Quhite and red, red and quhite, ‘pink and white’, fresh, young; lovely. c. Coupled with clene or fare. Cf. also 7 below. b. Schame is to-day be quhit & red And one the morne waloyt as a wed; Thewis Gud Women 93.
Amang the tendir odouris reid and quhyt; Dunb. (O.U.P.) l 6.
Doug. xii Prol. 111.
c. A knaf chyld, Fare & quhyt, as vatir fame; Leg. S. xxiv 105.
Ib. xxxiv 123.
The herbis quhyt & clene [pr. grene]; Troy-bk. i 264.
The corporalle Off clene lynt … Fayre and quhyt [C. qwyt, W. quhit] but ony lyt; Wynt. v 1381.
Ib. i 218.
Apon a fair fut-schete quhite and clene; Hay II 143/34.
Lichtoun Dreme 62.
1572 Sat. P. xxxiii 283.

5. In various of the above senses and applications in quhite cullour (hew) or cullour quhite: = B 1 below. (1) The clathing sall be of a hew grysande or quhyte; Acts I 29/2.
And syne he spekis of the quhite colouris; Hay I 99/20.
The quhyte colour, … next the asure, is the maist noble colour … be caus that it is maist nere the nature of lycht and claritee and for the clerenes of it; Ib. 283/31.
Ib. 284/6.
For colour quhyt it will to no man deir And ewill spreitis quhyt colour euer will fle; Freiris Berw. 471 (M).
Vestimentis … of quhite cullour and not littit; Gathering of the Halie Signes 19.
(2) The Iacobene freiris of the quhyt hew; Freiris Berw. 24 (B).
In liknes of a freir In quhyt cullour; Ib. 460.
The knightis entering so in culloure quhyte; Clar. iv 1570.
(3) Man may … for his hevin ressaif hir cullour quhyt [: redomyt, perfyt]; Dunb. (O.U.P.) xvi 76.
Thy cullour quhyte; Steel Bann. MS 235a/13.
With the luisteur of ȝour color quhyt Annamell all my blobit dull indyt; J. Stewart 142/20.
(4) A mekill swyne, … Of cullour quhite; Doug. viii i 57.
(5) As the fresche ros of cullour reid and quhyt; Dunb. (O.U.P.) l 142.

6. In proverbs and proverbial expressions. The blak craw thinkis hyr awin byrdis quhite; Doug. ix Prol. 78.
As the crau thinkis hir auin bird quhytest, albeit it be neuer so blak; Hamilton Cath. Tr. 80.
Carmichael Prov. No. 40.
He that hes a quhite cote neids not to borrow; Ib. No. 751.
Quhite aines are ay tender; Ib. No. 1313.
& praying God to make the children of the towne of Fordyce as scarce as the whyte corbies; 1675 Cramond Ch. Fordyce 49.

7. In fig., transf. or allusive use. Cf. the note to 1 above.

a. Of a person: Morally or spiritually pure. He mad thare hartis quhyt as snaw; Leg. S. x 37.
Mary [was] … clere quhyt thru vergynite … sa is Margarit quhyt & clene of al fleschly delyt; Ib. xxviii 29, 31.
Hir sark suld be hir body nixt Of chestetie so quhyt; Henr. Garmont 10.
The sacrament of pennaunce … makis the saule quhit and clene as the snaw; Irland Mir. I 81/28.
I salbe clengit clene as steill And quhyttar than the snaw gret deill; Scott xxxvi 31.
My hart is quhyt and no delyte I haif of ladeis fair; Bann. MS 256b/1.

b. Of words: Fair-seeming, specious, plausible. Cf. later Sc. dial. white-wind, ‘flattery, wheedling’ (Jam.), fite-moo'ed ‘mealy-mouthed, plausible’ (SND). This feynit fox may wele be figurate To flatteraris with plesand wirdis quhite; Henr. Fab. 601 (Bann.).
For thoucht I pleyne I gete bot wordis quhite; Lay of Sorrow 37.
Him followit mony freik dissymlit With fenȝeit wirdis quhyte, And flattereris … And bakbyttaris; Dunb. (O.U.P.) lii [A] 48.
Hys dissemblit slekit wordis quhite; Doug. i xi 34.

8. quasi-adv., in instrumental sense: With white (covering or colour); in white. See also 9 c below, and cf. B 2 a (1) below. O wantone ȝowth, als fresche as lusty May, Farest of flowris, renewit quhyt and reid; Henr. Thre Deid Pollis 18.
For tua broket hidis to covir ane sadil quhit for the king; 1503 Treas. Acc. II 203.
Apparalit quhite and rede wyth blomes suete Anamalit was the felde wyth all colouris; Dunb. G. Targe 12 (Ch. & M.).
And furnist with buttonis ennamelit blew and quhyt; 1542 Inv. Wardrobe 82.
Tuelf sapheiris of a les sort set in gold emailled quheit; 1579 Ib. 294.
1585 Ib. 320.

9. comb. a. With another adj. of colour: see Quhite-gray adj.

b. In parasynthetic combinations, in various prec. applications. Also in the to-name Quhyteheid. (1) A sesing ox, gra hornyt and quhit chekit; 1479 Hist. Carnegies 20.
Ane young kow broun cullour … quhite vambit; 1549–50 Ayr B. Ct. & Council Bk. 20 Jan.
Ane [ox] quhite garit; 1563 Prot. Bk. J. Drummond 30.
Ane blak quhyt hornit cow; 1572–3 Elgin Rec. I 135.
The wilde quhite cullourit ky; Hume Promine 101.
The pryce off ane blak hors quheyte mowtheit; 1581 Crail B. Ct. 11 July.
Ane basin broun staig quhit faist; 1590 Edinb. Test. XXII 187b.
Ane gray horse … whyte hoofed in the faresyde; 1669 Kelso Baillie Ct. 46b.
(2) Sum ar quhyte harit in thare ȝouthhed; Asl. MS I 166/28.
The olde quheit hayrid man; James VI Poems II 58/98.
These white cross'd knights with their eight pointed crosses; Lithgow Trav. vii 329.
(3) Sex dosane quhit burdit cardis; 1572 Edinb. Test. II 222.
Elevin quhyt heftit knyfes; 1643 Ib. LX 233.
A whyte broddit book; 1657 Aberd. Eccl. Rec. 140.
For tuo quhit tuilled capis at night; 1666 Household Bks. Archb. Sharp in
Misc. Maitl. C. II 540.
(4) Ȝour quhite hewed London claith; 1601 Tailor's Acc. Bk. 14.
(5) A heavy doom is for the liar and white tongued flatterer; 1637 Rutherford Lett. (1894) 441.
(6) Johne Armestrang called Quhyteheid; 1611 Reg. Privy C. IX 707.
Jok Bell callit Quhyteheidis Jok; Ib. 713.

c. Quhite anamelit, cf. 8 above. Ane schaffroun with ane chenye of gold quhite anamelet velvot; 1516 Inv. Wardrobe 27.
Ane gown … garnist with xviii closerris … quhyt ennamelit and sex buttonis … quhyt ennamelit; 1542 Ib. 80.
Ib. 81.
Ane cowter of gold with ceyphres and roissis quheit and reid inamelit … ane pendent of cyphres wiolet and quheit inamalyt; 1568 6th Rep. Hist. MSS App. 644/1.
A chayne … with … knoppis of gold betuix quheit ennamalit; 1579 Inv. Wardrobe 289.

10. In various special phrases.

a. Whyte assyze, an assize ? before which no charges are preferred, or ? whose conclusion is foregone by collusion. The poore [murdered] man's friends being satisfied with a peece of money, none being to pursue the murder, he [sc. the murderer] was by moyen cleansed by a whyte assyze, (as they call it,) and lett go free; Row 292.
Which is meerly done of collusion and designe to get ane absolvitor, by a white assyse, for lack of probation; 1684 Lauder Notices Affairs II 544.

b. Quhite craft, the trade of glovers. Cf. Quhit(e)-ledder n. Robert Huchunsoun deikin of the quhite craft callit the gloveris; 1569 Aberd. B. Rec. MS (Jam.).

c. Quhite ferme. = Blancheferme n. For ȝerlie payment of ane penny money … in name of quhite ferme; 1582 Perth B. Ct. 28 May.
Quhyt ferme; Ib. 18 Dec.

d. Quhyte heiring, herring salted or pickled rather than smoked. Cf. med. L. allec album, id. (1309), ME white heryng (c1420), also Red(e adj. Also in this sense in the later dial. Buirdit ane Yarmouth bark and tuik furth thairof thre caidis of reid heiring and ane half barrell of quhyte heiring; 1613 Crim. Trials III 244.

e. Quhyt land (also fauld, yaird), land left unploughed, as fallow land, stubble land, old pasture, etc. Cf. Red ppl. adj. 1 and Rede ppl. adj. a, also e.m.E. white land, land of poor quality (1677). (1) And qwasom of thir forsayd tenandis falt in othyr red land he sal er hym als mykyl quyt land; 1459 Rep. Hist. MSS, Var. Coll. V 82.
The said haill landis … lyand … woid and quhit and na plewcht streikit thairin … sen the last harwist; 1582 Prot. Bk. J. Robertsone 19b.
And siclyk ilk swyn [which] beis found outwith houss … wpone quhyt land or reid land or howand erd to be poyndit; 1632 Cullen B. Rec. 21 Dec.
Ane aicker off whitt land in ilke corne yeard of thrie yearly during the space underwryten to be choysed and divydit in manner underwritten viz. the said James Gordoune [etc.] … to have ane aicker of the ley yeard at any syd therof they please choyse. … Ane uther aicker of whytt land in the avald yeard or secund cropt yeard to be choysed … of indifferent land. … Ane uther aicker of whytt land in the third cropt yeard to be choysed … with ane aicker of beirland; 1668 Kirkcudbr. Sheriff Ct. Deeds I 226.
(2) The fauld besouthe the rid loneing … the loneing fauld … the quhytfauld; 1642 Rothesay B. Rec. 935.
The wheit fauld; 1659 Rothesay B. Rec. 963.
(3) [Et toftam de Quhitfauldis; 1399 Carnegie Lett. 500.]
Apoun ane suleȝe callit the quheitland, he foundit ane parisch kirk; Boece 510.
1590 Exch. R. XXII 511.
Quhityaird; 1593–4 Ib. 559.

f. Quheit (whyt) croft, ‘a piece of land sublet from a larger farm and worked by the sub-tenant himself’ (SND). Terrarum de Quheitcroft; 1591–2 Exch. R. XXII 542.
Everie tenant is stented to pay 12 s. … and everie whyt croft 6 sh.; 1668 Ellon Par. 129.

g. Quhite plague. ? Cf. mod. Eng. white death a name for tuberculosis (1901). — That the blak plague doeth greatly rage in … places in the Baltick Sea, and that the disease commonlie called the new whyte plague or fever incresces daylie in the provinces of Holland, being verie infective and mortall; 1661 Reg. Privy C. 3 Ser. I 83.

h. Quhite dry scheipe pudding, cf. later Sc. white pudding (1769 in SND). — That scho sta out of Jamis Erasmussonis skeo certane quhyt dry scheipe pudding with twa birskettis of ane scheipe; 1603 Shetland Sheriff Ct. (ed.) 78.

B. noun, also ellipt. or absol. as noun.

1. The colour white; whiteness. Syne is a land cald Albany That qwhyt betakynnys propirly; Wynt. i 1010.
Or quhat compar is betwix blak and quhyte? Doug. i Prol. 27.
For … of quhyt was all his hew, His scheild, his speir, himself [etc.]; Clar. iv 996.
1561 Inv. Wardrobe 135.
[The chamæleon] imitatis all hewis except onelie the quhyte and reid; Buch. Wr. 42.
Bisset II 125/24.
The cite hait fair Alba of delyte … fra the fair cullour quhite; Doug. viii i 64.

b. In fig. and symbolic contexts. Cf. A 7 above. To mak (blak, of blak) quhyt, cf. A 8 above. (1) And this coloure of quhite representis the water, the quhilk efter the aire is the maist noble element; Hay I 284/6.
My langage is both gros and rude … And [I] knawes no cullour bot other quhit or blak. Went to the court quhair makaris … kennis cullouris of mony diuers hew; Stewart 127.
Quhyte quhilk is … the symboll … to signifie sempilnes and loyaltie; Buch. Wr. 43.
We saw the sunne … Begin to lose his light and turn to blak, Whilk piece and piece his whait did weare away; 1597 Melvill 438.
Some few years will bring us all out in our blacks and whites before our Judge; 1637 Rutherford Lett. (1894) 449.
(2) Thai luf nocht to mak of blak quhyt, Mak gud man ill, na ill man qwyt; Thewis Wysmen 155.
To mak black quhyte, or innocency to appear quhair the contrary is sa weill knawin; 1570 Lennox in Campbell Love-lett. Mary (1824) 229.

2. In various absol. uses of A 1 above, applied to a. Stuffs, garments, etc. b. Paints, etc. c. transf. Persons. Also proverb. a. sing. (1) The folk … All cled in quhyte; Alex. ii 413.
That all erlis sall use mantillis of brown granyt … furryt with quhyt; 1455 Acts II 43/2.
For scorne thai cled Hym in to quhyte [: delyte, smyte, tyte]; Dunb. (O.U.P.) iii 26 (Asl.).
Gevin for v dowsoun of grete genȝeis gluvit witht quheit for the walter; 1538 Treas. Acc. VII 13.
Thre leache coitis of crammosie satyne, pyenit with quheit; 1569 6th Rep. Hist. MSS App. 672/1.
If they [sc. angels] could cum doune in wheat; 1617 Misc. Abbotsf. C. 315.
(2) That na lauboraris nor husbandis weir on the werk day bot gray and quhit; 1457 Acts II 49/2.
ij elne of quhite; 1473 Treas. Acc. I 13.
xj elne of smal quhite price of the elne xl d., threttene elne of grete quhite price of the elne xvj d.; 1483 Acta Conc. I *83/2.
I will no colour reid Nor lusty quhyt vpone my bodie beir; K. Hart 474.
j pec of presit quheit; 1512 Dunferm. B. Rec. I 185.
Lynd. Mon. 3.
ij elnis of reid and quhite; 1564–5 Treas. Acc. XI 348.
Cled in whait; 1597 Melvill 432.
(3) 10 stekis Pabyllis quhit; 1502 Halyb. 275.
Lie Galloway quhyte; 1621 Reg. Great S. 45/1.
Plaiding and fingrains, … kerseyes and Galloway whytt; 1676 Conv. Burghs 671.
pl. The poyndyng of quhitis and ladis of skinnis or hidis; 1462 Peebles B. Rec. I 148.
And all vthir claith quhitis [pr. quhicis] … and al lynnyng claith to be sald thare; 1477 Edinb. Chart. 141.
Dunfreis, quhair mony small and deligat quhitis ar maid; Bell. Boece I xxvii.
Sex scoir ellis of gros quhytis; 1582 Edinb. Test. XII 4b.
Four steikis of schippis quhytis; 1584 Ib. XIII 186.
Thomas Inglis [sold] certane braid quhytes and … certane quhyte wobs; 1584 Edinb. B. Rec. IV 364.
Gallaway whites; 1714 Conv. Burghs V 111.
b. vj unce grene vj unce quhit and vj unce blew; 1502 Treas. Acc. II 69.
For the quhet … and for gold to be bocht in London for the payntour; 1505 Ib. III 55.
Fyftene dyamontis all set in gold inammalit with quhyte; 1573 Inv. Wardrobe 195.
Buttonis … amalyeit with quheit and reid … and … with quhite and blak; Ib. 278.
Ib. 279, etc.
c. This sang of thre lassis … The first wes ane quhyt a las of delyt; a1568 Sempill Sat. P. xlviii 101.
Ib. heading.
proverb. Ane ell of blak is worth tuo of whyt; Ferg. Prov. MS No. 190.
Entre nous autres gentils-hommes il n'y a point de bourgois, as give ye would say, among 10 whites their is not a black; 1665–7 Lauder Jrnl. 145.

d. spec. Applied to the heraldic tincture argent. — The second metall is quhit that men callis in armorie colour of siluer; 1494 Loutfut MS 10b.

3. The white part of the target in archery. Also fig. He that tuichis nerest the quhite and best gais nere the merche; Hay II 149/10.
Ane blind man … can nocht lichtly hit the quhyt; Norvell Bann. MS I p. 12/15.
There are more than three strings upon our Lord's bow; and, besides, He cannot miss the white that He shooteth at; 1637 Rutherford Lett. (1894) 381.

4. The white of a. the human eye, b. an egg. Also, appar., rendering L. albugo a disease of the eye, a white spot or cataract. (1) The quhyte of his ene he turnit vp; Henr. Fab. 2053 (Ch.).
They wha haid the feveris wald have ane blew rim about the quhyt of their eyen; 1614 Ellon Presb. 93.
Scho lukit over her shoulder, and turned up the quhyt of her eye; 1623 Orkney Witch Trial in Dalyell
Darker Superst. 8.
(2) Albugo, alba macula in oculo: & album oui quod albumen sæpius dicitur, the quhyte of the eye or eg; Despauter (1579) 42.
Albugo, the white of the eye, or of an egge: albumen; Duncan App. Etym.
(3) Like a squissed egge, whose yolke is mingled with its white; Boyd Last B. 261.

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