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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Crocebow, n. [Croce n. 5. Cf. Cors- and Crosbow.] A crossbow. Also attrib. and comb. with maker, string. 1511–2 Treas. Acc. IV. 327.
For tua croce bowis with tua windas
For xiij croce bow stringis
1542 Ib. VIII. 115.
Gnin to Johnne Tesart, croce bowmakar, for croce bow stringis
1570 Leslie 238.
Thair was gret bonespellis, matches and wed feis … with the croce bow [etc.]
a1578 Pitsc. I. 229/12.
Lat the gounnaris chairge thair artaillȝe and the croce bowis
1597 Skene Verb. S. s.v. Schireff.
All them quha schuttis with culvering, croce-bow, at da, rae [etc.]
1612 Conv. Burghs II. 366.
That the said natioun sall haif liberty to … schoote with hakbuts, crocebowis, or hand bowis, ony … foure futtet wyld beists

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