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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).
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Hand-bow, n. Also: -boll. [e.m.E. handbowe (1535).] An ordinary hand- or long-bow, as distinguished from a cross-bow.1490 Irland Mir. fol. 339 b (see Cros bow n.). 1501 Exch. R. XII. 236 n.
Twa hand bollis, with four gunnis and twa culverynis
1540 Acts II. 371/2.
Gunnis, hagbuttis, handbowis and vther small artelȝerie
1560 Admir. Ct. Bk. 117.
Ane hand boll worth xxx s.
1567 Bamff Chart. 70.
Ane handbow with ane quaver of arrowis

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