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First published 1971 (SND Vol. VIII).

SHILAGIE, n. Also shellagie, -y, shallag, shallogie; shilag (Rnf.). The coltsfoot, Tussilago farfara, esp. its leaves used by juvenile smokers as a substitute for tobacco (sm.Sc. 1896 Garden Work No. cxiv. 111, shellagg; Ayr. 1947 Daily Record (19 April) 4; Ags., Fif., Lth., Lnk. 1970). See also Dishilago. [ʃɪ′lɑgi]Ags. 1934 G. M. Martin Dundee Worthies 50:
A Partan claw used as a pipe, in which was placed, when tobacco could not be got, surreptitiously or otherwise, brown paper or a dried leaf known to the boys as “shallagy”.
Slg. 1947 Scots Mag. (Jan.) 306:
The first coltsfoot gallantly flowering before its downy leaves unroll — those leaves which we used to dry and smoke and call “shell-aggie”.

[Reduced forms of Lat. tussilago, id.]

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