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First published 1941 (SND Vol. II).

BOOLAAG, BULAG, n. “A particular breed of cattle, metaphorically the same family or kindred” (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl.; 1908 Jak. (1928), bulag). When used metaph., the word has a disreputable sense.

[The first part of the comp. is O.N. , n., domicile, also stock of cattle. The second part might poss. be O.N. lag, n., placing; position; mode; species, etc., in Norw. also = brood, but is more prob. (O.N.) slag, n., kind, sort (Norw., Sw., Icel., Fær.), with dropped initial s in Sh., the more so as Norw. buslag, n., is also found in Aasen in the same sense as the Sh. word (breed of cattle; jokingly of relations, family) (Jak.).]

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"Boolaag n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 1 Oct 2022 <>



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