cates (n.)
(plural) delicacies, choice foodstuffs
1H4 III.i.157[Hotspur to Mortimer, of Glendower] I had rather live / With cheese and garlic in a windmill, far, / Than feed on cates and have him talk to me
1H6 II.iii.78[Talbot to Countess] we may / Taste of your wine and see what cates you have
E3 III.i.124[Philip to King John] how this echoing cannon shot ... disgests my cates! [i.e. helps my food to go down]
Per II.iii.29[Simonides to himself] These cates resist me [unclear context]
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