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Turky, -ie, n. Also: Turke(y, Turquie, Tourk(e)y. [ME and e.m.E. Turkye (Chaucer), Turkey (1487), Turky (a1518), Turkie (1570), F. Turquie, med. L. Turchia, Turquia.]

1. Turkey, the country. Chiefly, of Turky, referring to Turkey as the origin of a commodity or its style. c1500-c1512 Dunb. (OUP) 163/61.
A fedrem on he tuke And schupe in Turky [A. Turkey] for to fle
1517 Treas. Acc. V 155.
For the kingis baner … iiij eln of double taffattis of turky
1550–1 Treas. Acc. IX 469.
Coft to be ane nicht goune to my lord Gordoune, xj elnis chamlott of Turky
1561 Inv. Wardrobe 145.
Item twa auld tapeis of Turquie worne away
1562 Treas. Acc. XI 191.
vj elnis of chamlot of Turkie

2. attrib. With commodities of Turkish origin or style.Turkie werk, material, tapestry work or carpeting of Turkish origin or style. Also Turky cheyres, stoolles, chairs or stools upholstered in such material.(1) c1475 Wall. viii 1258.
At Rownsywaill the tresoun was playnly Be wemen maid, that Ganȝelon with him brocht, And Turke [1570 Turky] wyn
1586 Edinb. Test. XVI 365b.
Fywe pund wecht of Turky pepper
1690 Thanes of Cawdor 353.
Half pd. of Turkie benes, 6 s. … ane unce of Turkie persell, 12 s.
1699 Belhaven Rudiments 33.
This is all that is necessar for you to have in your yards, except it be some Turkie beans
(2) 1546 Acta Conc. MS XXI 53.
v wemenys gownis of Pareis blak twa of thame lynit with Turky taffaty
1549–50 Treas. Acc. IX 372.
To be hir ane uther dalie goun, foure elnis thre quarteris Turky champlet, orenge cullour
1561 Inv. Wardrobe 145.
Of Turquie tapeis for the flure … xxiiii Turkie tapeis sum great sum litle
1603 Treas. Acc. MS 234a.
For mending of his Turky bow
1610 Hist. Kinloss A. xi.
4 Tourkey carpetis, quherof towe for the greit tabill
1610 Hist. Kinloss A. xii.
The lytill coupburd … with ane Tourky carpet tharto
1612 Bk. Rates (Halyb.) 294.
Turkie or Venice carpettis short the peice xii li.
1612 Bk. Rates (Halyb.) 327.
Chyna or Turkie satyne the eln iiii li.
1641 Edinb. Test. LIX 279a.
Turkie temmett
1681 Blackness Customs 47b.
Ten dozen & ten Turky leather skinnes
(3) 1537 Treas. Acc. VI 314.
Coft to his grace … in Lyonis tua greit lyaris of Turke werk … jclxxxx li.
1641 Edinb. Test. LX 5b.
Ane great round table with ane carpett thairupone of Turkie werk
1653 Soc. Ant. XXIII 300.
One old broken Turky work cheyre
1658 Boyd Fam. P. No. 236 (27 Feb.).
Tua Turkie work tabllclothis … a covering for a resting bed of blue and whitt in three peices of Turkie work … the covering for a footstolle of Turkie work of yellow
1683 Inv. in Donibristle Mun. (Earl of Moray's MSS) 16 (9-10 May).
Six Turkie work cushines
(4) 1653 Soc. Ant. XXIII 302.
Three old broken Turky cheyres, three old Turky stoolles
(5) 1637 Reg. Deeds DVIII 23 Aug.
Ane bracelet contening sex great ovil emautist stones fausse cut on both sydes set in gold inamble blak and quhyt with sex Turkie stones

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