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First published 1941 (SND Vol. II).

BONABÄG, n. (See quot.)Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928); 1914 Angus Gl. s.v. bônabag:
Bonabäg, dwindling; languishing; miserable state, esp. of cattle lean from hunger; come to b[onabäg], miserable; skinny (of cattle); sometimes in the expr. “gane to b[onabäg],” vanished; gone away; lost, both of living beings (animals) and of objects.

[Cf. Sh. (Fetlar) banabak, a miserable, skinny animal, and Norw. banebeig, mortal illness or injury (Jak.), cogn. with O.N. bani, death, Eng. bane.]

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"BonabÄg n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 28 Sep 2022 <>



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