- From Middle English eldrin, elderne, equivalent to elder + -en. (Wiktionary)
“eldern' women: or in the well-thumbed and nearly illegible leaves of some old book or pamphlet of songs, snugly resting on the 'pot-head,' or sharing their rest with the 'Great Ha' Bible, '_Scott's Worthies_, or Blind Harry's lines.”
“Such are the consequences of relying upon the traditions of "eldern women!”
““_eldern_ popguns” in Sir Thomas Overbury; “a _glassen_ breast”, in”
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