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First published 1971 (DOST Vol. IV).
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Mosgrive, Mossgrieve, -greiwf, n. [Mos n. 6 c; Greve n.1] An official of an estate who supervises the working of a peatmoss. — 1651 Rep. Hist. MSS., Varr. Coll. V. 250.
Ye have caused othirs cast in severall plaices [within that part of the Reidmoss which your brother formerly possessed; … you must cause your] mosgriues (pr. mosgrures) [to forbear]
1656 Misc. 3 Spald. C. II. 189 (see Mos n. 6 c).
1678 Forbes Baron Ct. 318 (see Lair n.1 6).
1679 Jervise Epitaphs I. 251/1.
John Wallentine, lete mosgrive in Arnhale

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