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First published 1965 (SND Vol. VI).

MEYSIE, n. Also maisie, m(a)ysie. An Ags. (Arbroath) name for the common wild primrose, Primula vulgaris (Ags. 1962). [′məizi]Ags. 1883 in G. Hay Round O 267:
The pale-star “Mysie” opes her e'e, The birds their songs renew.
Ags. 1903 Arbroath Guide (16 May) 3:
We used to be up wi' the laricks on the first Sunday o' May, an' awa oot the cliffs to gether maisies.
Ags. 1949 Scots Mag. (Sept.) 412:
She brocht me this posie o' maisies frae Seaton Den . . . He stood . . . looking down at the bunch of primroses.

[Poss. Mey, n. + 's + Ee, on analogy with Eng. daisy. But phs. a dim. form of Mey, n., 2.]

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