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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).

Knag, n.2 Also: knage, -gg. [Only Sc. and so also in the mod. dial. origin uncertain.]

A small cask or keg, esp. for holding liquids, as (commonly) vinegar. 15.. Aberd. B. Rec. (J).
Ane knag of vinacar impute in the schip
1575 Edinb. Test. III. 319.
[In an apothecary's shop] a quhite irne knag with oleum yrnum
1596 Wedderb. Compt Bk. 46.
Niniane Copen … to pay me ilk voage he makis a knag of vinacre and can oyle doly
1606 Edinb. Test. XLII. 219 b.
Ane knage of vyneager price [£8]
1616 Wedderb. Compt Bk. 112.
Send with Adame Crychtoun in his muk creillis to Pitkerro a knag vinacre of 9 pyntis, 2 cannis oyledoly
1673 Leith Customs MS. 4.
8 knaggs black beare value 12s.; 4 knaggs cowcumbers value 4s.

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