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First published 1934 (SND Vol. I).
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BIRTH, n. (See first quot.) [bɪ̢rt Ork.; bɪ̢rθ Cai.]Ork. 1866 Edm. Gl.:
Birth, a current in the sea caused by a furious tide, but taking a different course from it.
Cai. 1794 Stat. Acc.1 XI. 247 Note:
He fell in with the last of the ebb, called by the people here the wester birth. . . . The easter birth setting in, soon reached him with considerable strength.

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