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First published 1960 (SND Vol. V).
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LAAGER, n. Also laiger (Sh. 1932 J. M. E. Saxby Trad. Lore 201), laeger and irreg. lieger (Edm.). A sea taboo-name for the halibut, Hippoglossus hippoglossus (Sh. a.1838 Jam. MSS. XII. 132, 1866 Edm. Gl., 1908 Jak. (1928), Sh. 1960). [′lɑgər, ′l(j)ægər]

[Lit. “one that lies.” Cf. Norw. lega, a big fish that lies for a while in the same fishing-ground. From the same orig. as Lag, lie. The aa form represents an unmutated root.]

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"Laager n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 24 May 2024 <>



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