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First published 1974 (SND Vol. IX).
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TUNAG, n. Also tanac; tonnoch-. A short woollen mantle or cloak formerly worn by women (Sc. 1825 Jam.). Gael. and hist. Hence tonnoched, ppl.adj. wearing a tunag. [′tunək]Highl. 1771 T. Pennant Tour 1769 165:
The tanac, or plaid, hangs over their shoulders, and is fastened before with a brotche.
Sc. 1815 C. I. Johnstone Clan-Albin I. v.:
The plaid is only worn in full dress, but the tunag by way of shawl.
Per. 1825 in Jam.2:
Ca' them hame, poor tonnoched Willy.

[Gael. tonnag, a woollen shawl, O. Ir. tonach, id., Lat. tunica. “The tonnag survives in stylised form in the sash worn on dress occasions” (M. MacLaren The MacLarens (1960) 31).]

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