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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV). Includes material from the 2005 supplement.

FLAGON, n. Also flaggon. Sc. usage: a small tinned iron or enamel can, used esp. for carrying milk (Abd., Ags., Per., m.Lth. 1952). Hence flagoner, a tinker (Abd. 1910 per Bnff.12). Comb. flagon-bun, a kind of fruit loaf cooked in a can set in boiling water. [′flɑgən, ‡′fle-]Abd. 1826 D. Anderson Poems 28:
A rusty flaggon, aften leakin'.
Ags. 1848 W. Gardiner Flora Frf. 88:
An iron pot, a tin flagon, one or more wooden dishes called caps.
Ags. 1896 Barrie Sentimental Tommy xxxv.:
The masterpiece went to Mrs Dinnie, baker, in return for a flagon bun.
Abd. 1932 J. White Moss Road i.:
Carrying tea in a bright tin flagon for her father and Andra Crerar.
Abd. 1992 David Toulmin Collected Short Stories 122:
A flaggon of loaf saps or sago for your dinner.

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