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Ster(e, Steir, n.3 Also: steer, stire. [ME and e.m.E. steor(e (c1290), stere (c1340), steer (Chaucer), OE stéor.] A bullock. (a) Of steris of thre ȝeir auldis fyiftein, price of the pice xl s. and of tua ȝeir auld stoittis; 1582 Grant Chart. 155.
(b) Tua blak hornit steiris; 1607 Aberd. Sheriff Ct. II 98.
1626 Aberd. Sheriff Ct. II 288.
Ane steir and ane koy of tua ȝeir auld; 1631 Brechin Test. V 14.
[¥20 for] tua steiris [purchased at Whitsunday, 1641]; 1643 Aberd. Sheriff Ct. III 21.
A broun horned steir 6 yeir old; 1697 Brabster Rental in Old-lore Misc. VIII ix 201.
A broun humbled ox steir, 4 yeir old, come Beltaine; 1697 Caithness Estate Rental in Old-lore Misc. VIII i 9.
The panel … said that one of them [sc. three cows] was his own; another he had niffered with his brother for a steer; 1699 Black Bk. Kincardineshire 113.
(c) Hierof two ky at 8 lbs., per peice a young cowe att 7 lbs., a stire att 4 lb. and a quoyacke att 2 lb. 13 s. 4 d.; 1697 Brabster Rental in Old-lore Misc. VIII ix 204.

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