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Chen(e, Chean(e, n. [Variant of Chenȝe and Cheyne; the phonology is obscure.] A chain. Also fig.(a) a1400 Leg. S. xlviii. 42.
As he saw that hurt hir nocht, Chennys of yrne son var wrocht
1471 Acta Aud. 14/1.
A chene of gold and a cors
1474 Reg. Morton II. 243.
Ane chene of gold with ane crucifix of gold
The said chen and crucifix
c1475 Wall. xi. 245.
Gret chenys was wrocht in the ȝet with a gyn
a1499 Contempl. Sinn. 228.
Covatus in his chene has ws knyt
Ib. 503.
He that syn can lok in till his chene
1496 Acta Conc. II. 17.
Ane chene of gold weyand thre uncis of gold
c1500-c1512 Dunb. xiv. 78.
Sa mony ane Kittie … schawand hir golden chene
1530 Lynd. Test. Pap. 1053.
Fair ladyis thare chene may not eschape
1549 Treas. Acc. IX. 269.
Fyve pair of braislaittis, ane chene and xxx ringis
1562-3 Winȝet I. 37/23.
Wylfull blyndnes … haldis him … sa fetterit, as it war, with certane strang chenis of irne
a1568 Scott x. 58.
Baith our hairtis ar ane, Luknyt in luvis chene
(b) 1570 Leslie 71.
Riche juellis and massy cheanis
1609 Gardyne Garden 51.
A cheane both be thy nature and thy name, Vnto this burgh thou euermair hes beene
1625 Edinb. Test. LIII. 58.
Ane cheane maid be me
1628 Misc. Maitl. C. III. 370.
For lenthning of the taes of the cheane for the Lyoun
1663 Peebles B. Rec. II. 203.
To Thomas Brown, … for the painting … the dyall and the cheans
1715 Household Bk. Gr. Baillie 182.
A pair of raixes and a chean to the jack

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