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MEGIN, n. Also maegin; megim; ¶megrem (Jak.). In pl., the depths, the heart or central part of a period of time (Sh. 1962). See etym. note. Sh. 1881  Williamson MSS.:
Da hidmist megims o daylight.
Sh. 1908  Jak. (1928):
De megins o' de night, de silent megins o' de night.
Sh. 1922  J. Inkster Mansie's Röd 46:
Ye may tink yoursel lucky 'at hit happen'd no apo da hert maegins o' da night wi da kye i da byre.

[O.N. megin, the chief part of a thing. Cf. vetrarmegin, the depth of winter. The usage in 1881 quot. if not orig. a different word suggests that the word was taken to mean a division or period of time, an hour, moment, etc.]

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