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(Rede-refar,) Reid-reifar, Read-reiver. [Red(e adj. 9 and Refar n.] The name given to some evil spirit or devil. — 1560 Rolland Seven S. 3995.
This bald bitter bitche, This reid reifar, and this rank warlo witche
1662 Crim. Trials III 606.
The … sevinth sprit is called the Read Reiver and he is … clothed in blak

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