Entry date

  • Quotation evidence from 1577 (first cited in Edward Hellowes).
  • OED includes about 6100 entries first evidenced in the decade 1570—1579 (words such as chemical, model, unit).

Timeline of entries in the OED

(Based on the first date of each entry. The date of this entry is indicated by the black line.)
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Origin

  • neger

Entry size

  • 87 senses (25 main senses, 62 subentry senses).
  • 316 quotations.

Timeline of quotation evidence

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