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MELVIE, v., adj. Also melvy; misprinted melrie in Book of Galloway (1882) 20.

I. v. To coat with a film of meal or flour, as a miller's clothes (Sc. 1808 Jam.). See also meal-melvied s.v. Meal, n. Vbl.n. melvyin, a covering or powdering of meal. Ayr. 1786  Burns Holy Fair xxv.:
Sma' need has he to say a grace, Or melvie his braw claithing!
s.Sc. 1839  Wilson's Tales of the Borders X. 254:
Only look at my back, and think hoo sic a melvyin wad suit on your fine black coat.

II. adj. Coated or soiled with meal (n.Sc. 1808 Jam.).

[Voiced form of *melwie < melw-, stem of O.E. melu, meal. Cf. — Ie, suff., D.]

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