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HAIREN, adj. Also hairn, herin. Made of hair (Abd. 1825 Jam.; Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl., Ork.5 c.1900; Cai. 1902 E.D.D.; Sh. 1914 Angus Gl.; ‡Ags.19 1956). Obs. in Eng. exc. dial. since 17th c. Sh. 1836  Gentleman's Mag. II. 590:
Meggie hed british'd Annie's spleet niu herin teddir se sma.
Abd. 1844  Sc. N. & Q. (Ser. 1) V. 178–9:
I've gotten an ill job this mornin' in the deth o' a fine stirk by elf-shot; an' the pity is, that he wasna' fasent to a hairn tether, fan the wapin would a fa'en short o'm.
Bnff. 1862  R. Sim Leg. Strathisla 85:
Little will't mak to me whether the rape be a silk tow or a hairen tether, I trow the breath-stappin' will be as sair wi' the tane's the tither.

[O.Sc. hairne, hairin, a.1585. from Hair, n. Cf. Mid.Eng. heren, hren. O.E. id., and hempen, flaxen, golden. ]

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