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First published 1971 (SND Vol. VIII).

SHAG, n.2 An ox which has been castrated incompletely or when fully grown, a Segg (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 153; Cai. 1904 E.D.D., Cai. 1970).Sc. 1729 W. Mackintosh Inclosing 169–70:
Take care they are not Bull-shags, but small Horn'd, gelded in Calfs. The Butcher will undervalue and sink your Price — if a Shag, and Reason he has, he will lose his Customers, if he give them oft so bad Meat as the Beef of the best Shag.
Abd. 1780 Aberdeen Jnl. (22 May):
No Bulls or Shaggs to be admitted.

[Prob. an irreg. variant of Segg.]

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