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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV).

FRAGALENT, adj. Also fragrant.

1. Advantageous, profitable (Ayr. 1825 Jam.); thriving, flourishing.Bnff.2 1930:
“Your ley crap's yalla an stucken like.” “Ay, it's nae very fragrant.”

2. “Undermining” (Rnf. 1825 Jam.).

[The forms and deriv. of the word are obscure. Phs. orig. a corrupt form of flagrant, with extended meanings.]

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



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