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

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First published 2001 (DOST Vol. IX).

Stab(i)le, n. (ME stablye (14th c.), stable (c1400), med. L. stabilia (1146), stabulata (c1125), etc. a buck-stall, besetting the woods (for game) (Latham). Cf. Stale n.1 5.) c1420 Wynt. vi 1613.
As he past … In till huntyng hym till play … Off his gammyn all thochty, The stable [W. staill] and the setys set
c1420 Wynt. vii 46.
On the morne wytht-owtyn let, The setys and the stable [C. stabile, W. coursis] sete, the Kyng and that lord alsua togydder rad

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"Stable n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 8 Aug 2022 <>



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