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INGAN, n. Also ingin, ingon (w.Sc. 1887 Jam.), engan (Sh. 1916 J. Burgess Rasmie's Smaa Murr (Jooly 18)), eengan (Abd. 1932 D. Campbell Bamboozled 33). An onion (Sc. 1808 Jam.). Gen.Sc. See P.L.D. § 61. [′ɪŋən, ′ɪ-] Sc. 1728  Ramsay Poems (S.T.S.) II. 63:
My Pouch produc'd an Ingan Head.
Edb. 1773  Fergusson Poems (S.T.S.) II. 183:
Imprimis, then, a haggis fat, Wi' spice and ingans weel ca'd thro,.
Sc. 1818  Scott Rob Roy xiv.:
Sae mony royal boroughs yoked on end to end, like ropes of ingans.
n.Sc. 1825  Jam.:
A proverb is used . . . expressive of high contempt as addressed to one who makes much ado about little; “Ye're sair stress'd stringing ingans.”
Gsw. 1863  J. Young Ingle Nook 76:
Thae's ingans, my callan, an ilk bulby heid, Like a lily's unblawn is fu' o' its seed.
Rxb. 1925  E. C. Smith Mang Howes 13:
A made a faisable mael oot o pei-soop, caald flesh, picklt ingans, an nae skrimp o laif.

Comb. ingan Johnnie, an itinerant onion-seller, gen. from Brittany or Normandy. Gen.Sc. and colloq. Eng.

[O.Sc. ingȝoun, 1506, later ingon, Mid.Eng. ynon, O.Fr. oi(n)gnon, id.]

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