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First published 2002 (DOST Vol. XI).

Vocabill, -le, n. Also: wocabill, voccable. [e.m.E. vocable (1530), F. vocable, L. vocābulum. Also in the later dial.] a. A name, designation. b. A word, item of vocabulary.a. a1538 Abell 43a.
It wes determyt at … Britane suld be callit Hengistis land … That wocabill held it lang bot it is now … called Ynglis land
1619 Garden Elphinstoun 919.
This … Jurist, whome we call (The vulgar vocable to use,) Our justice generall
b. 1579, 1617 Despauter (1579).
Lexis, a vocabill
1600-1610 Melvill 17.
We lerned ther the rudiments of the Latin grammair withe the vocables in Latin and Frenche
1681 Bk. Old Edinb. C. VIII 108.
They [sc. schoolmasters] shall teach no Lattin books … except the rudiments and voccables
1681 Fountainhall Decis. I 139.
Even when they are licenced, not to teach the grammar, but only the rudiments of vocables

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