Hi,except for one from W. H. Gardner in a work on Hopkins.
The OED (2012) defines "quain" as "G. M. Hopkins' name for: an angle, a wedge-like corner. Also: angularity." The entry also says "Etymology: Probably spec. use of a variant of QUOIN n. (compare forms at that entry)." All the examples are from Hopkins
Here is the full Hopkins entry originally quoted in this thread: “We lunched at the Baths of Rosenlaui and walked on to Meyringen down the valley of the Reichenbach in torrent. Sycamores grew on the slopes of the valley, scantily leaved, sharplyquained and accidented by perhaps the valley winds, and often most gracefully inscaped.—On the wall of the cliff bounding the valley on the further side of the river was a bright silver-tackled waterfall parted into slender shanks.”
A gem of the English language! Many more are in Hopkins’s mind-boggling writing. He also invented the word “inscape,” “instress,” and a few others.
The passage is in Hopkins’s Journal entry of July 18, 1868. In House and Storey, eds, Journals and Papers (London: OUP, 1959) p.176. Hopkins uses “quain” or “quaining” in at least seven other places in the volume.
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