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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).
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Kinniswoman, n. Also: kyn(n)is- and pl. -vemen. [ME. kynnes-womman (c 1400). (Cf. Kin-woman.)] A kinswoman. — 1527 Dunferm. B. Rec. I. 155.
All … freindis and kynnismen or vemen
1533 Gau 10/10.
As to thair wiffis douchters and to oder kinnis vemen
1572 Buch. Detect. (1727) 34.
Fornicatioun with his wyfes neir kinniswoman
a1508 Kennedy Flyt. 539 (M).
Thy trew kyniswoman [sic] Anthenor and Enenas

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