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First published 1968 (SND Vol. VII). Includes material from the 1976 supplement.
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QUINTER, n. A ewe in her third year (Rxb. 1802 J. Sibbald Chron. Sc. Poetry Gl., 1923 Watson W.-B.; Wgt., Slk. 1967). [′kwɪntər]Dmf. 1753 Private MS.:
Quinter Ewes . . . 520. Yeld Quinters.
Dmf. 1779 Dmf. Weekly Jnl. (27 July):
The young Sheep of the Stock of Eshiells, consisting of 300 Ewe Hogs, Gimmers, and Quinters.

[s.Sc. form of Twinter, sc. a ewe which has seen two winters. For change of initial t to qu, see Q, letter.]

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