Dictionary of obsolete and provincial English: containing words from the English writers previous to the nineteenth century which are no longer in use, or are not used in the same sense. And words which are now used only in the provincial dialects, Volume 1 (Google eBook)

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H. G. Bohn, 1857 - English language - 1039 pages
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