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First published 1965 (SND Vol. VI).

LYMPHAD, n. A one-masted rowing galley, used by Highland chieftains till the 17th c. and still found as a heraldic device on the shields of several Scottish families. Hist.Sc. 1817 Scott Rob Roy xxix.:
Our loch ne'er saw the Cawmil lymphads.
Arg. 1898 N. Munro J. Splendid xxx.:
The very banner on the tower hung limp about its pole, hiding the black galley of its blazon, now a lymphad of disgrace.
Sc. 1956 T. Innes Sc. Heraldry 54:
[Arms of Campbell, Duke of Argyll] 2nd and 3rd, argent, a lymphad, sails furled, pennons flying, and oars in action sable.

[O.Sc. langfad, 1536, lymfad, 1641, Gael. longfhada, id., from long, ship, + fada, long.]

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