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First published 1965 (SND Vol. VI).
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LEETERARY, adj. Also leeterarie. Gen.Sc. form of Eng. literary. See P.L.D. § 45. Hence cognate forms leeteratur, literature, leeterautee, literati, all used by Wilson in Noctes Amb. (1855) I. 24, 58, II. 83, III. 120). Galt has literawty in Last of the Lairds (1826) ii. Sc. 1995 Scotsman 20 Jan 12:
It wis intae this vaucuum that the leeterarie genius o Robert Burns kythed tae cled the thochts an greenins o the ordnar fowk in hamelt wirds.

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