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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV).

GARRYBAG, n. “The abdomen of unfledged birds. When fledged, they are said to have ‘cassen 'e garrybag.' Hence of a precocious lad who apes manhood, ‘He hisna cassen 'e garrybag yet'” (Cai. 1907 D. B. Nicolson in County of Cai. 73).

[Garry, phs. from Gar, n., 2., from the nature of the contents (cf. O.N. gor, cud), + Bag, n., 3., the stomach.]

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