James Howell's Lexicon Tetraglotton (1660) frontispiece,
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I Betoken I signyfye/ Ie signi fie. prime coniuga. And in this sence I fynde ie denote. prime coniuga. I fynde also ie designe. prime coniuga. What betokeneth it whan the sonne gothe downe reed: Que signifie il, que denote il, que designe il, quant le ciel est rouge autour du soleil quant il va coucher.
John Palsgrave, Lesclarcissement de la Langue Francoyse (1530)

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