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Arrow, Arow, n. Also: arowe, arou, arrou, arraw, pl. arrois; erow, errow. [e.m.E. arrow(e, ME. arow, arowe, earlier arewe, arwe, OE. arwe.] An arrow. 1375 Barb. viii. 57.
Sum vith arrowes barblyt braid
a1400 Leg. S. xix. 570.
With bow and arowis
Ib. 572.
Quhene thai schot thar arrois
Ib. 580.
Ane erow in the ee Hyme hit
c1420 Wynt. i. 198.
He wes the fyrste at schot in bowe Wyth vyre or bolt or wyth arowe
Ib. ii. 40.
Thare in he set a brade arowe
1456 Hay I. 234/2.
To pas to the wod with bow and arowis
c1475 Wall. iv. 549.
A bow he bair, … And arrous als, bath lang and scharpe
Ib. x. 849.
Or thai clyppyt, he schot bot arowis thre
a1500 Seven S. 1625.
Ane ymage with a arow and bow of bras
c1500-c1512 Dunb. G. Targe 195.
The schour of arowis rappit on as rayn
1531 Bell. Boece I. 159.
Ane hevy schoure of arowis and ganyeis
1553 Treas. Acc. X. 180.
For ane bow and aroues to my lord governoures sone David
a1578 Pitsc. I. 74/30.
Thair came sic ane schour of dairtis and arrowis wpoun the Scottis wangaird
a1605 Montg. Misc. P. xl. 58.
Let Cupids arrou peirce

b. Attrib. and comb. with cace, maker, shaft, stone, timmer. 1513 Doug. i. viii. 13.
On hir schulder the arrow cace baris sche
Ib. xi. xi. 95.
Ane propir bow and litil arow cace
1541 Reg. Privy S. II. 634/1.
Johne Forestare, arrowmaker to our soverane lord
1568 Edinb. Test. 171 b.
Fyve thousand arrow tymmer
1575 Ib. IV. 2.
xxx hundreth of arrow tymmer; price thairof fiftene pund
1616 Wedderb. Compt Bk. 280.
Ane bark of Dundie … conteanand … 500 arrow shaftis
1662 Highland P. III. 19.
He gave her ane elf errow stone to shott him

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