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First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).
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Grene wod(e, Grein wod(e, n. Also: grein(e, green woid, wood. [Grene a. 1 and 1 c.]

1. Growing trees or branches, living wood. 14.. Acts I. 342/1.
Grene wod stelaris, closouris brekaris, … mur burnaris [etc.]
1479 Acta Conc. 33/2.
Vnlawis of grenewod, mureburne, forsmentis, and vtheris
1557 Reg. Cupar A. II. 133.
Thai sall … kepe the samyn fra thame self, … and tenentis, and all vtheris at thai may stop … , vnder the pane of ane vnlaw of grene wod
1574 Breadalbane Ct. Bk. 15.
Convict … for cutting, hewing down and distroying of grene wod
1609 Skene Reg. Maj. 12.
And gif that man be found thereafter with grene wode, he sall attach him
1623 Misc. Spald. C. V. 222.
Whasoeuer … salbe tryit [to] burne dry wod, salbe declairit to be als giltie as they that cutis grein wod
1660 Forbes Baron Ct. 226.
Giltie of cutting grein wod in the arnes of Bogiesyd

2. The greenwood. (Only in poetry, after ME.) a1500 Henr. Fab. 1764.
Sum agane ar to the grene wod gone
Id. Rob. & M. 100.
The grene woid [is] rycht neir ws by, To walk atour all quhair
1567 G. Ball. 204.
Hay trix, tryme go trix, vnder the grene [wod tré]

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