13th century, in the meaning defined above
Middle English burn, bourne — more at burn
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“Bourn.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bourn. Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.
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