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First published 1971 (DOST Vol. IV).
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Metlum(e, n. Also: -lome, -lwm(e, -luyme, -loum, -lowm(e. [Met n.; Lume n. 2 b. Cf. also Metelume.] A measuring vessel for loose solids or liquids. = Met n. 2, Mesur(e n. 3 a. 1525 Selkirk B. Ct. (ed.) 78.
Quhair otheres metlumes ar fundin by the custumeris
1527 Stirling B. Rec. I. 30.
That na persoun … met na misour the said meil bot with the metloumis of the custumaris, bayth pece and fourllat
1528 Ib. 33.
All metloumis, pyntis, quhartis and chopynnis
15.. Aberd. B. Rec. MS. (Jam.).
Quhilk he met & mesurit with his awin pek & metluyme
1560 Peebles B. Rec. I. 272.
To vphald the metlummis, ferlottis and peckis, weis, wey balkis and wechtis
1567 Lanark B. Rec. 39. 1573 Breadalbane Ct. Bk. 1 b.
The same metlwme … wes fund sufficient
1581 Lanark B. Rec. 82.
Anentis our wechtis, messouris, met lumis
1612 Brown Paisley I. 227.
1625 Brechin Test. IV. 198.
Ane vllie barrall & metlwmis tharof

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