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Pik-, Pykit, -yt, ppl. a. Also: piyk- and -et. [ME. and e.m.E. piked (Manning), pykid (north., c 1447) pointed, tapering.]

1. Of a quarrel: Contrived, ‘picked’ (cf. Pike v.1 4). a1500 Henr. Fab. 2747 (Bann.).
Syne vexis him … With pykit querrellis
1572 Buch. Detect. (1727) 9.
With brawlings lichtly rysing … and querrellis usually pykit

2. a. Brought to a point; spiked at one end; pointed. b. Covered with spikes or the like; spiky. 1510 Reg. Great S. 755/2.
Per le pikit-cors et aquam de Nyth
1513 Doug. v. iv. 94.
Lang bolmys of tre Pykyt with irne
Ib. vii. xii. 62.
Macis with pikit hedis
1532 E. Loth. Antiq. Soc. V. 29.
The standand stane utherwayis callit pykyt stane quhilk is the heid of Innerkent
1533 Dumfries B. Ct. 136 b.
Fra the piykit croce to the chapell of our lady of the casteldiks
a1568 Montg. Bann. MS. 162 b/5.
God turnd owre the hors turd with his pykit staff
1590 Burel Pilgr. i. x.
The pikit porcapie
1603 Montgomery Mem. 247.
For ane plen pykit vyr, couerit vith heir, to ver on my head
a1606 Dioscoridis Annot. 144 b.
The pykit thistel
1635 Justiciary Cases II. 324.
Quhilk straik … and wound was gevin … with ane battone or pyket stalff

3. ? Ornamented with small projecting decorations, as spangles or the like. Cf. Piking vbl. n.2 3.But perh. erron. for Pinkit ppl. a. 1548–9 Treas. Acc. IX. 280.
Of ane goun of hirris pikit about witht pulderinges

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