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- Obsolete spelling of
- 1590, Edmund Spenser, Spenser's The Faerie Queene, Book I, 1921 ed. edition:
- Whose corage when the feend perceiv'd to shrinke, She poured forth out of her hellish sinke Her fruitfull cursed spawne of serpents small, 195 Deformed monsters, fowle, and blacke as inke, With swarming all about his legs did crall, And him encombred sore, but could not hurt at all.
- 1594, Thomas Nash, The Vnfortunate Traveller, or The Life Of Jack Wilton:
- So it was, that the most of these aboue named goosequil braccahadocheos were meere cowards and crauens, and durst not so much as throw a penfull of inke into the enimies face, if proofe were made, wherefore on the experience of their pusellanimitie I thought to raise the foundation of my roguerie.
- 1667, Samuel Pepys, Diary of Samuel Pepys, April 1966/67:
- While I was waiting for him in the Matted Gallery, a young man was most finely working in Indian inke the great picture of the King and Queen sitting,--[Charles I. and Henrietta Maria.]