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Nevin, -yn(e, v. Also: newine, -yne, nyvin. [North. and north midl. ME. neven(e (Cursor M.), -yn, neiven, neyven, ON. nefna (Da. nævne): cf. Nemmin, Nem and Name. Only in verse, and chiefly in rhyme.] tr. To name, mention, declare. a1400 Leg. S. xxxv. 145.
Thu art nocht worthy for to newine The name of the God of hewyne
Ib. xxxvi. 535.
This Herrod king that I ȝou newine [: sewine]
c1450-2 Howlat 33.
All thar names to nevyn [B. nyvin] … It war prolixt and lang
Ib. 716.
And thar [the birds'] notis anone, gif I richt newyne [B. nevin], War of Mary the myld
a1500 Gol. & Gaw. 664.
Schir Bedwar to Schir Bantellas … That baith war nemmyt in neid, nobil to neuin
Ib. 1039.
Nor nane of my eldaris that euer I hard nevin
Ib. 506, 823. c1500-c1512 Dunb. lxxxv. 60.
Thy name I sall ay nevyne [: ellevyn]
1501 Doug. Pal. Hon. 1743.
Rememberis thow … On thy promit, quhen of thy greit dangeir I thé deliuerit? — as now is not to neuin [: heuin, steuin]
Id. Æn. iii. ii. 144.
A dedly ȝeir, far wers than I kan nevin, Fell on our membris
Ib. vii. iv. 60.
That evir the son from the far part of hevyn With hys bemys ourschane, or man can nevin
a1568 Bann. MS. 30 a/90.
Of saulis vnnummerable to nevin
Ib. 93 a/7.
We haif no man the law to nevin Allace our King is nocht of eild

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