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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III). Includes material from the 1976 supplement.

DIRDY-LOCHRAG, n. comb. A lizard (Cai. 1907 D. B. Nicolson in County of Cai. 70, Cai.9 1939). Also -lochraig (Cai.8 1934), -waflag (Cai. 1952 Edb. John o' Groat Lit. Soc.); and corrupt forms dirty-locherag, dirly-lochrag (Cai. 1911 John o' Groat Jnl. (10 Feb.)), daddy-lochraig (Cai.8 1934), dirdy-wachlag, -wachle; dardy- (Cai.4 c.1920).Cai. 1919 John o' Groat Jnl. (31 Oct.):
We never knew it by any other name than “dirdy-wachle” or “dirdy-wachlag.” Lizard came with future knowledge.

[From Gael. dearc-luachrach, idem.]

Dirdy-lochrag n. comb.

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