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(Rainbow,) Rayn(e)-, Ranebow, n. Also: raine-, raane-, ren- and -bowe; rainbou. [ME rén bóge (a1175), rein-bowe (c1250), ME and e.m.E. rainbow (Cursor M.), rayne boll (1526), OE regn-, rénboga, ON regnbogi.] The, or a, rainbow. Also as the name of a ship. (1) The rayne-bowe [E. rane-bow] … at the fyrst wes seyne; Wynt. i 427.
A serkill about the sone … That till the raynebow [R. ane arche off hewyn] be liknes Apperith; Wynt. v 41 (W).
Bot that ȝour micht and majestie wil mak Quhat euer he be to loife or ȝit to lak Than heyly to sit on the rayne-bow; Prestis of Peblis 407.
For rede it semyt that the raynbow brak; Dunb. G. Targe 241.
The figur of a raynbow huge grete; Doug. v xi 113.
Arcus, the rainebow; Despauter (1579).
Rain bou; Burne Disput. 117b.
(b) Ranebow; Dunb. (O.U.P.) 149/113 (see Raird v.).
A gret rane bowe of diuers hewys ment; Doug. ix i 36.
His rane bow … Off diuers heuinlye colouris; Lynd. Mon. 1611.
(c) Wyth all thame … God maid ane accord … Wyth the renbow in hewin for ewidens; Makeson Genesis fol. 3.
(d) Raane bowe; Bk. Dean Lismore p. 163.
(2) From abord the Rainebow in Leithroad; 1639 Johnston Diary Ia 59.

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