also ALRICHE, ELDRICH, ELRAGE, ELRAIGE, ELRICH,
ELRICHE, ELRISH, ELRITCH, ELRITCHE, ELTRICH
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1. weird, ghostly, unnatural; frightful, hideous, ghastly, fearful, terrible
2. of a sore or wound: painful ...1808 Sc. obs.
3. surly, severe in temper and manner; of weather: chill, keen
...1825 Sc. obs.
of obscure origin;
connection with elf, conjectured by Jamieson, would be suitable for the sense,
and is supported by the form elphrish, apparently the same word
1508 - The Goldyn Targe, William Dunbar;
see below From: The Poems of William Dunbar
Edited by David Laing
Volume First, 1834
The Goldyn Targe
From: The Annual Register,
Or, A View of the History, Politics, and Literature, For the Year 1787
By Edmund Burke, 1789
Poetry. Address to the Deil.
From Poems chiefly in the Scottish dialect. By Robert Burns