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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV).
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GILLATRYPS, n. Orig. the name of a witches' dance (see Covine, n., 2., 1852 quot.); here used as a nickname for a suspected witch.Mry. 1731 W. Cramond Ch. of Speymouth (1879) 43:
Margaret H. (Gillatryps) in Garmouth compeared and decleared herself penitent for her indecent practices in unseemly dances on 26th December last.

[O.Sc. gillatrype(s), from 1596.]

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