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Fisch, Fysch, n.1 Also: fysche, fysc-, fycht; fische, fiche, fishe; fesch(e, feisch(e, feish. [ME. fysch(e, fych(e, fis(s)he, fish, OE. fisc.]

1. A fish. a1400 Leg. S. xvii. 32.
As fysche wald he dwel in the flud
Ib. xx. 101.
Of a fesch … a gret bane
Ib. xxvii. 106.
Quhy he that fische … had etyne
1456 Hay II. 157/6.
All proprieteis that appertenis … till a fische
1473 Reg. Cupar A. I. 189.
Water stankis … of sic depnes that ged, eyls, and fyscis … ma be conseruyt
c1520-c1535 Nisbet Matt. xiii. 47.
A nett … that gaderis togidder of all kynd of feschis
c1552 Lynd. Mon. 4778.
Latt thay that fructfull fysche eschaip thare nett, … Ane more fatt fysche I traist thay sall nocht gett
1581 Prot. Bk. W. Cumming 269 b.
Robert Fraser arrestit the said fyschis … in the corf hus of Bewling
1641 Peebles B. Rec. 106.
The haill … fischeinges alsewell of salmound as of vther fisches

2. Fishes collectively; fish-kind.(a) 14.. Acts I. 305/2.
Of ilk hundreth fysch, keling, leyng or hadok
Ib. 335/2.
Thai brek the fische and sellis it in pennyworthis
c1420 Wynt. v. 3918.
Scho sparyd noucht … to sethe thame fysche or fleysche
1456 Hay I. 78/12.
In mony othir kynde, of bathe beste, foul and fisch
c1475 Wall. i. 425.
[Five] of our court her at the wattir baid, Fysche for to bryng
1508 Reg. Privy S. I. 239/2.
Gevand … power to custum all fische, hides, skynnes [etc.]
1565 Inverness B. Rec. I. 120.
Tha brak the kist in the vattyr wark, and tuk out of it the fysche
1633 Misc. Abbotsf. C. 151.
Quhen he cam to the sea he schould get fisch
(b) a1400 Leg. S. ii. 818.
With goldine nettis he fesche tuk
Ib. xviii. 922. 1465 Peebles B. Rec. 154.
Thai … that brak red fesch to sell, the schyn [= skin] to be brokin wyth the samyn fysch
1533 Gau 65/31.
Part ar … etine with feisch and bestis
(c) 1520 Stirling B. Rec. I. 3.
Na houkstar sall by ony maner of fycht … to tap agane apon nebouris
1553 Fam. Rose 219.
Fleche and fyche of ane competent pris
1587 Waus Corr. II. 380.
Feill nocht bot ye gar send hame the hard fyche vith the toll man

3. Attrib. and comb. with cors, creill, fangar, fat, etc. See also Fisch-boit, -day, mercat, etc. 1582 Glasgow B. Rec. I. 97.
The fische mercate to be haldin and keipit at the fische corse
1561 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 334.
Ane small duety … of euery fische creill
c1450-2 Howlat 181.
The scarth [was] a fische fangar
1538 Aberd. B. Rec. MS. (J).
Ane flesche fat, ane fysche fat
1598 Black Bk. Taymouth 332.
A braid fische fat
1501 Exch. R. XII. 236 n.
Fourten fattis in the fischouse
1534 Acta Conc. & Sess. MS. VI. 119 b.
xiiijm fische hukis
1591 Edinb. Test. XXII. 363.
Tuelf hankis of narrow wyre for fische huikis
1697 Foulis Acc. Bk. 208.
For 3 busked fishheucks
1557 Admir. Ct. Bk. 5.
The decerning of the fiche lynnis to pertene to the childer as pillage
1572 Bann. Trans. 318.
Jhone Gray, fischman
1592 Ann. Banff II. 396.
Fischearis, fische mungaris
1483 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 49.
Fysche prisarris [named]
1531 Bell. Boece II. 152.
Ane uncouth glance … [cast by] the fische scalis in the mirk
c1420 Wynt. iv. 977.
That kyng … Away than lurkyd prewaly, In till a litill fysch scowte
1661 Stirling Comm. Good MS. 9 b.
The receipt of the fish shambles
1531 Bell. Boece II. 152.
Sindry men, clad with fische skinnis
1598 Black Bk. Taymouth 332.
In the laidnar … , fische standis
c1500-c1512 Dunb. Flyt. 231.
Fische wyvis … castis doun skillis and skeilis
1599 Reg. Great S. 385/2.
Cum piscatione de Poltantoune, cum lie fische-yairis et crowis earundem

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