Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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LUG, v.2, adj. [lʌg]

I. v. Of potatoes, turnips, etc.: to run to leaf and stem, to become rank and luxuriant with small roots or tubers (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 109).

II. adj. Of crops, as corn, potatoes and turnips: growing to leaf and stem, rank and luxuriant with poorly developed ears, tubers, etc. (Ib.). Also in form luggie (n.Sc. 1825 Jam.); also of ground which produces such crops. Abd. 1729 Third S.C. Misc. II. 136:
For Luggy ground where all corn falls over he says hemp is the best.
Sc. 1841 Quarterly Jnl. Agric. XII. 43:
The crops are, consequently, too heavy and unwholesome; like what in this country is termed luggy, they are neither clean in the straw, nor do they ripen.

[Of somewhat uncertain orig. Eng. has loggy, adj., with sim. meanings, phs. a semantic development of log, a chunk of wood, which may be connected orig. with Du. log, slow, sluggish.]

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