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Dairy

A corrupt form of “dey-ery,” Middle English deierie and deyyerye, from deye, a dairymaid.

“The dey or farm-woman entered with her pitchers, to deliver the milk for the family.” —Scott: Fair Maid of Perth, chap. xxxii.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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