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First published 2002 (DOST Vol. XI).
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Wagtaill, n. [e.m.E. wag tayle (1510) a wagtail, wagtaile (1592) a loose woman, (1605) a ruffian; Wag v. and Tail n.] A name given to a hen. — a1500 Colk. Sow iii 120.
Twentyfour chikkynis … The twelf wes cok Jawbert And Lady Wagtaill his ioy

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