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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Chik(k)in, Chik(k)yn, n. Also: chiken, chykkyn, pl. chyknys, chiknis. [ME. chiken, chyken, etc., OE. cicen. Cf. Chekin.] A chicken. c1420 Wynt. viii. 3779.
He gert fele fall down till his fete Sprewland, as thai chyknys ware
c1450-2 Howlat 644.
For thai couth chewis chikinnis, and purches pultre
a1500 Colk. Sow 849.
Twenty four chikkynis of thame scho hes
1513 Doug. xiii. ii. 121.
The gredy gled … wachand the chikyns lyte
1553 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 185.
The best chikkin v d.; the powtre ourheid viij d.
1556 Ib. 231.
The best kypill of chykkynnis fra Pasche furth, xij d.
1614 Lett. & State P. Jas. VI 268.
I am now na chikkin, drawing to three score
1621 Maxwell Mem. I. 331.
For ane leig of muttone … For chikinis
1641 Acts V. 510/1.
Chikkins, hennes, and capones … might sell at tuppens a groat

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