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Slete, Sleit, n. Also: sleytt. [ME slete (c1300), slet (Chaucer), e.m.E. slyte (1553-4), sleet (1635), prob. repr. OE (Anglian) *slét (< sléatj-), related to MLG slôte (LG slôte, slâte) hail. Cf. Norw. dial. sletta, Dan. slud, Icel. slydda sleet.] Sleet. Fel done Slete & snaw; Leg. S. xlix 84.
Birdis … neir slane with snaw and sleit; Henr. Fab. 1698.
Slonkis … maid slidderie with the sleit; Henr. Fab. 1835.
Scharpe soppys of sleit; Doug. vii Prol. 50.
The snaw and sleit … flemit Flora frome euery bank and bus; Lynd. Dreme 61.
Thy [sc. Aurora's] syluer droppis ar turnit in to sleit; Lynd. Dreme 95.
Continual schouris of rane and sleit; Bell. Boece I 139.
Ane scharp schoure, sa full of haill and sleit; Bell. Boece I 259.
Fell sa hevy tempest with slete and snawis out of the are, that he was empeschet; Bell. Livy I 236/3.
Schouris Of hailstaines, snaw, and sleit; 1570 Sat. P. xv 16.
The fyrst day of May … was say ewill … with gryt schowiris of snaw and sleytt; Cullen Chron. Aberd. 43.
The Vatter of Tay be veittis and sleit vaxit so great that [etc.]; 1615 Chron. Perth 16.

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