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Infant, n. [ME. infaunt (1382), e.m.E. infant, L. infans. Cf. Enfant.] An infant. Also attrib. — 1490 Irland Mir. I. 26/12.
His awin proper childer and infantis
1513 Doug. xi. xi. 21.
Wyth hym he bair this ȝong infant
1562-3 Winȝet II. 58/12.
Litle ar the membris of infantis, grete of the ȝoung man
c1568 Lauder Minor P. i. 180.
The faithfull, now leuand heir on lyfe, Of all degree, baith infant, man, and wyfe
a1578 Pitsc. I. 123/23.
Nether spairing auld nor ȝoung, without regaird to wyffis or auld febill decrepit wemen or ȝoung infantis in the kredill
1588–9 Perth Kirk S. 263.
Her young infant bairn

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