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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Coup, Cowp, n.2 Also: coupe, cowpe. [e.m.E. and ME. cowpe, coupe (e.m.E. coope), earlier cupe, MDu. cupe, MLG. kupe, etc.]

1. A basket used for catching salmon. 1469 Acts II. 96/2.
Salmonde, grils, and trowtis quhilkis ar distroyit be cowpis, narow mass nettis and prinnis
1474 Reg. Great S. 239/1.
Cum portestate … ponendi croas et le cowpis super dictam aquam, cum omnibus commodis et proficuis piscium
1607 Ib. 672.
Piscariam salmonum … de lie skaris et cowpeis de Cummertreis
1612 Ib. 255/2.
Cum salmonum et aliorum piscium piscatione per cimbas, retia et lie halfis et coupis

2. A small close cart used for carrying manure or earth. 1494 Dunferm. B. Rec. 55.
The wrangus haldin of ane graip, a schul, a cowp, and ane sled
1564 Ham. & Campsie Test. I. 25.
For pleucht grayth, carris, and harrowis, cowpis and crelis, in the ȝeir als gude as xij s.
1574 Edinb. Test. III. 86.
In kerris, coupis, kar sadillis [etc.]
1679 Corshill Baron Ct. 149.
Seven score sextine coups of fuilȝie … prysed … at ten pennyes per coupe
1689 Reg. Privy C. 3 Ser. XIII. 544.
They found that fiftie horses with men, sleids, coups and others ware necessar daylie … to accomplish the repairationes necessarie for the said castle

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