mess (n.) Old form(s): Messe
serving of food, dish
KL I.i.117[Lear to Cordelia] he that makes his generation messes / To gorge his appetite [i.e. who eats his children]
Oth IV.i.199[Othello to Iago, of Desdemona] I will chop her into messes! [i.e. little bits of meat]
Tim IV.iii.423[Timon to Bandits, of food] Nature on each bush / Lays her full mess before you
TS IV.iv.70[Tranio as Lucentio to Baptista, of his hospitality] One mess is like to be your cheer
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