Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
CLEG, Clegg, Cleig, Kleg(g), Gleg, n.1 The gad-fly, Tabanus lineola. Marw. (1929) gives the form klegg for Ork., and Cai.7 1940 gives cleig. Gen.Sc. Formerly also in St.Eng. but now only dial. Cf. Clag, n.2 [klɛg Sc., but ne.Sc., Ags., Edb., Lnl. + glɛg; kleig Cai.]
Abd.(D) 1915 H. Beaton Back o' Benachie 90:
Peter wis tae herd them [the cattle] till the glegs began. m.Sc. 1870 J. Nicholson Idylls o' Hame 10:
Whaur the midges mazy dance, Clegs dart oot the fiery lance. Rnf. 1815 W. Finlayson Simple Sc. Rhymes 15:
Or talk a simmer-day on klegs An' beetle clocks. Ayr. 1887 J. Service Dr Duguid 169:
A spirit of restlessness, like the bizzing of the midges and cleggs in the simmer time, seemed to be in the air. Wgt. 1887 G. Fraser Sketches, etc., of Wgt. 380:
The rustic had not proceeded far when down came the scaffolding, leaving Geordie hanging on by the wall, like a cleg on a cow's side.
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