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First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).
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Etin, n. Also: etyne, eyttyn, eattin. [ME. etene, etin, OE. eoten.] A giant. The rede etin, a giant of fable; Also fig. c1515 Asl. MS. I. 309/22.
Catus, the horrible etyne and monstour vndere erth
1528 Lynd. Dreme 45.
Mony vther plesand storye Off the reid etin, and the gyir carlyng
1549 Compl. 63/13.
The taiyl of the reyde eyttyn vitht the thre heydis
1600-1610 Melvill 160.
The Guisians, and the rest of these monstruus Read-eattins in France, quha celebrat that bludie drunken feast of Bartholomew in Paris

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