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Male, Mail(l, n.2 Also: maile, meal(l. [North. e.m.E. maile (1511), otherwise appar. only Sc., ON. mál time, meal-time: corresp. to ME. mele, meel, e.m.E. meal(e, OE. mǽl id.]

1. A time or occasion for taking food, a meal-time; food taken on such an occasion, a meal or repast. = Melteth n. 1.Meall of meat and drink, id. Also fig. At (the) maill, at a repast, at food taken at a meal-time.(1) c1460 Dietary (S.T.S.) 67.
Betuix malys drink nocht for na plesand delit
c1500 Makc. MS. xiv. 67. 1600-1610 Melvill 147.
Ordinarlie thar, meall about, the students opened upe a chapter
Ib. 699.
To refresche our selffis … with cairdis and uthir games after mailis
1613 Conv. Burghs II. 430.
Euerie maile, noone, and evin, the trynsheour salbe laid doun
1622-6 Bisset II. 256/9.
The marineris of Brytan aucht to have bot ane maill on ane day, … and they of Normandie aucht to have twa maillis of the kitching in the day
1650 Edinb. B. Rec. VIII. 232.
Maills
1685 Marchmont P. III. 58.
So as all had a sufficient maile
(2) 1653 Peebles B. Rec. II. 13.
viij s. and ane meall of meat
1672 Kirkcudbr. Sheriff Ct. Processes No. 132.
Twelve s. scots for 3 meall of meat and drink to ane [shoe] maker
1679 Ib. No. 286.fig. ?1661-5 M. Bruce Soul-Confirmation 20.
And I tak down the knapsack and I take a 20 years old experience … and I will sit down and take a meal of meat of it
(3) a1500 Gol. & Gaw. 215.
The meriest war menskit on mete, at the maill [: saill, vaill, taill]
1637 Wariston Diary I. 274.
Eyther apairt, or at mail in my familie

2. An occasion of milking of a cow or cows, a milking. = Melteth n. 2.e.m.E. meal in the same or a similar sense (1613–). 1697 Donaldson Husbandry Anatomized 86.
Take what milk you have of your kine at one mail

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