Sillyhow
Sillyhow \Sil"ly*how\, n. [Prov. E. silly-hew; cf. AS. s[=ae]lig happy, good, and h[=u]fe a cap, hood. See {Silly}, a.] A caul. See {Caul}, n., 3. [Obs. or Prov. Eng. & Scot.] [1913 Webster]

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