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First published 2002 (DOST Vol. XI).

Untellabil(l, -able, adj. Also: untelabil, -ibill, -ibyl, -ible, -ybill, wntellable, ontellabill, -able, -ibil. [ME and 19th c. Eng. vntellable (Wyclif), vntelabil (c1425), ontelleable (Prompt. Parv.); Tel(l v.] Impossible to convey in words; unspeakable; indescribable.(a) a1450 Fifteen Ois 357.
And for the innomerabilnes Off thi vntellabill meiknes
1490 Irland Mir. II 58/11.
The thrid wourd sal be of remuneracioun and reward wntellable
1551 Hamilton Cat. 16.
Of the glore of the saule quhilk is untelabil
Arundel MS 279/17.
I beseik thé, be that haly and vntellabill blithnes quhilk thy spreit had … quhen it wes schewin to thé … that thou consaif … the sone of Gode
(b) 1513 Doug. i ix 31.
O thou only, quhilk rewth hes and piete On the ontellabill [Sm. vntellible, Ruddim. untellibill] pyne of the Troianys
1513 Doug. i xii 6..
Thi desyre … is Renewing of ontellabill [Sm. ontellable, Ruddim. vntellybill] sorow
1513 Doug. iv ii 72.
Gif scho tharby The lufe ontellabill [Sm. vntellable, Ruddim. vntellibyl] mycht swik or satisfy
1513 Doug. viii x 71.
The scheild so subtelly Forgyt that it was ane ontellabill [Sm. vntellable, Ruddim. vntellabil] thyng
1533 Gau 43/25.
Ve find alsua in the same forsaid chaipturs the ontellibil profeit and frwit of his deid and passione

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