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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Brad(e) sword. Also: braid, bread sword, bred surd. [Brade a. 2 b.] A broadsword. 1600-1610 Melvill 275.
Everie man spyd James sword that day to be a brad sword
1643 Acts VI. 45/2.
With pistollis … , steill capes and braid swordes and all wther furnitour necessar for trouperes
Ib. (1818) 43/2.
Pistollis, bread swordes and steill capes
1651 Wemyss Corr. 95.
The Erle Callendar sonn ewill hurt vith ane bred surd in the hade

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