from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- An obsolete form of cipher.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
Anyway, while I partially agree with what scypher said, I'm still left a little perturbed by it.
Lordship the first vewe of this mine impression (a feat of mine owne simple facultie) it could not scypher her Maiesties honour or prerogatiue in the guift, nor yet the Authour of his thanks: and seeing the thing it selfe to be a deuice of some noueltie (which commonly it giveth euery good thing a speciall grace) and a noueltie so highly tending to the most worthy prayses of her Maiesties most excellent name.
Wonder when rome is gonna interview karen scypher?