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Faggot, Faggat, n. Also: fagot(e, fagat, fagget. [ME. fagot (fagett, fagatt), OF. fagot.] A faggot. Cf. Faggald. 1375 Barb. xvii. 703.
Johne Crab … In his fagattis [E. fagaldis] has set the fyre
c1420 Wynt. viii. 3582.
Thare ilk man a fagote made … Wyth thai fagottis thai thowcht that thai Suld dyt the dykis
a1500 Gol. & Gaw. 1001.
The sparkis flew in the feild, as fagottis of fire
1531 Bell. Boece II. 34.
The faggotis fell sa fast … , all blesand togiddir in flammis
1567 G. Ball. 106.
As the flame burning, quhair it can find The faggat
1607 Crim. Trials II. 526.
The fagget of Hell lycht on thé

b. To burn one's faggot, as a sign of abjuring heresy. 1567 G. Ball. 141.
Than faggottis man we burne or beir, Or to the deide thay will vs bring
a1578 Pitsc. I. 311/2.
He sould burne his faggatis and his lyf sould be saif
Ib. 351/1.
He wald nocht abiure and burne his faggat

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