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First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).
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Dede, Deid, Dead, n.3 [e.m.E. and ME. dede (1465), dyad (1340), f. Dede,a.]

1. A dead person. Usu. the dedis, the deceased's.The dedis part, or thrid, ‘that portion of his movable estate, which a person deceased had a right to dispose of before his death, in whatever way he pleased’ (J). Cf. Erskine Inst. iii. ix. § 11.(1) 1561 Edinb. B. Rec. III. 106.
iiij d. to be grantit of euerye pound of the dedis pairt to the … vphald of the misterfull and puir
1564 Prot. Bk. J. Foulis MS. 47 b.
The said Margaret left … to the said Alexander hir part of quhatsumeuir gudis falling … to hir nemmit the deidis part
1576 Edinb. Test. V. 61.
I … levis to … my dochter hir ane yeris deidis & hir barnis part of geir
1588 Antiq. Aberd & B. III. 427.
[The sum] to be dividit in tua pairtis deadis pairtis
1622-6 Bisset II. 92/27.
They war persewed for na thing pertening to the deidis pairt of geir
1669 Edinb. Test. LXXIV. 3 b.
I leave to my said daughter my pairt called deads pairt of the haill debts and goods pertaining to me
(2) 1566 Prot. Bk. J. Foulis MS. 97.
Thair restis of the deidis thrid the soume of … quhilk is left to ws the saidis bairnis
1574 Edinb. Test. III. 77.
The deidis thrid … & vtheris legacies … beand payit to Johne Glendenning
1681 Echt-Forbes Chart. 155.
In full … satisfactione of all provisione, bairnes part of geir, deads third, or portione naturall
(3) 1622-6 Bisset II. 80/9.
Ony persone testamentare or dative to ony deidis geir

2. The dead period or season. c 1535 Reg. Soltre 214.
Candelmes the quhilk is callit the deid of vinter
a1578 Pitsc. II. 47/3.
Sum of his cumpanie remanit … in Sanctandrois quhill the deid of the wintar was past
c1650 Spalding I. 53.
Wanting … bed claithis and [with] few bak claithis in the deid of wyntir
Ib. 54.
The Marques … aigit, waik, and vnhabill to trauell in the deid of the yeir

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