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First published 1960 (SND Vol. V).

LAG, n.2 Also laggie; leg, leggy, lig (Gall. 1933–5 Trans. Dmf. & Gall. Antiq. Soc. 321). A call to a goose to be fed (Kcb. 1933; Dmf. 1960); a goose itself, specif. the grey-lag goose (Dmf. 1910 H. Gladstone Birds Dmf. 239, laggie).Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 244, 307:
The tod comes scoolin' frae the cleuch, And snaps the laggies a'. . . . Laggie! laggie! is the call on geese.

[Appar. from lag, in greylag (goose), of uncertain etym., phs. from Lag, adj., because of its lateness in migrating.]

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