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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Avareis, n. Also: awarys, avarice. [OF. avaries (pl. of avarie, med. L. avaria, averia), whence also late ME. averays.] A duty or impost on goods; a charge additional to the freight. 1553 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 184.
For … iiij frankis the lycht gudis the tvn, with v s. of awarys
1563 Perth Burgh Ct. 4 b.
The sowme … for certane tunnadge togidder with the avareis for tua tunnis of wyne
1602 Conv. Burghs II. 134.
That nather salt nor coillis sall pay any avarice to the maister

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