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First published 1968 (SND Vol. VII).

RAG, n.4 A whetstone (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B., Rxb. 1967). Also in Eng. dial.

Comb. ragstane, id. (Ib.; Edb. 1967).Dmf. 1897 Trans. Dmf. & Gall. Antiq. Soc. 30:
Here is another whetstone found on Carcomains, Kirkconnel, but more modern in appearance. Very likely this is one of the “rags” used in the days when clenched back reaping hooks were in use.

[From Eng. rag, a hard type of stone. Of obscure orig.]

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