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Delfe

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Delf.
Delfe.
n.s. [from delwan, Sax. to dig.]
  1. A mine; a quarry.

    Yet could not such mines, without great pains and charges, if at all, be wrought: the delfs would be so flown with waters, that no gins or machines could suffice to lay and keep them dry. Ray on the Creation.

  2. Earthen ware; counterfeit China ware, made at Delph.

    Thus barter honour for a piece of delf:
    No, not for China's wide domain itself.
    Smart.

Sources: Ray, John (59) · Smart, Christopher (2)

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