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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).
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Line, Lyn(e, n.1 [ME. and e.m.E. line, lyn(e, OE., ON. lín, L. līnum. Cf. also Linne and Lineis.]

1. The flax-plant. a1500 Henr. Fab. 1817.
The lint ryipit, the carll pullit the lyne [: syne]. Rippillit the bollis [etc.]

2. Flax spun or woven, linen thread or cloth. 1373 Exch. R. II. 451.]
[In line albo viij li. vij s. xj d.
a1500 Sir Eger 375.
They [sc. dressings for wounds] were neither lake nor line, Of silk they were, both good and fine
a1500 Bk. Chess 643.
To schaipe and sew to spyn & weif perfyte All thing to vs that langit woll or lyn [: syne]
1513 Doug. viii. vii. 99.
Sche … hir pur damysellis … Natly exercis forto wirk the lyne, To snoif the spyndill [etc.]
1612 Bk. Rates (Halyb.) 318.
Linning cloth, … French canves and line narrow broun or white

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