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Hede-gere, Heid-geir, n. Also: hed-dere, -geir, -geyr, heid-deyr, -gair. [Hede n.1; Gere n.; e.m.E. headgear (1621).] That which is worn on the head. a. Head-dress; a head-dress. b. Armour for the head. c. The head-harness of a horse.a. c1420 Wynt. v. 1543.
All hys wywys hedgere hale Wyth mony othire fayre jowale
1513 Doug. x. iii. 36.
The … rych hynger Quhilk doys the nek array or the hed ger
1560 Rolland Seven S. 1169.
All hir heid geir scho kest it on the flure
Ib. 8862.
To this lady he bocht ane fyue heid geir
1575 Edinb. Test. III. 363 b.
For masking … five heid geiris of hair
1608 Tailor's Acc. Bk. 67 b.
To his wyff hir heid geir
1624 Brechin Test. IV. 139.
The said defunctis heidgeir & linninge cleythis
b. 1513 Doug. vii. xii. 95.
[A] pepill … Quhais hed gere war of ful sobir extent
Ib. x. vi. 96.
His hewmet or hedgeir
1541 Treas. Acc. VIII. 30.
Twa halkryggis witn heid gair
c. 1538 Treas. Acc. VII. 13.
Ane elne of reid sating to cover the burlat and heid geir of the said harnes [of a horse]
1539 Inv. Wardrobe 53.
Ten heid geiris of fedderis for hors

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