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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Berfrois, Barfray, n. [ME. berfrey, berfray (later belfray, e.m.E. belfroy, etc.). OF. berfrei, -frai, -froi (later bel-).] A wooden tower; a bell-tower. — 1375 Barb. x. 708.
Quhen Alexander … Lap fra a berfrois on the wall
a1500 Gol. & Gaw. 774.
He buskit to ane barfray, Twa smal bellis rang thay

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