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First published 1974 (SND Vol. IX).

STYAG, n., v. Also steyag, stja(a)g (Jak.) and altered form skyaag. [stjɑ:g, skjɑ:g]

I. n. A pen for geese (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl., 1908 Jak. (1928)), freq. in comb. geese-skyaag.Sh. 1888 B. R. Anderson Broken Lights 85:
Vod geese-skyaags, an' watter-mills.

II. v. To pen or shut up (geese, etc.) in an enclosure (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928)).Sh. 1898 Shetland News (20 Aug., 24 Dec.):
Dere's da hens ta stjaag in . . . Wir grice hed peerie anes, me midder wis stjaagid dem i' da stye.

[The form appears to be a dim. formation ultimately connected with Eng. sty for pigs, O.E., O.N. stí, O. Swed. stighia, M.L.Ger. stege, id., but the unclear phonological development makes the history of the word somewhat uncertain. Other Scand. forms are Sw. dial. stig, styo.]

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