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First published 1974 (SND Vol. IX).
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UIVIGAR, n. The sea-urchin, Echinus (Ork. 1929 Marw.); fig. used of any clumsy object as in phr. great uivigars o' feet (Ib.). [′øvɪgər]

[O.Sc. ivegar, id., 1693, ad. Norw. dial. igulkjer, Icel. igulker, sea-urchin. For the v cf. the second element in Norw. dial. bustyvel, a hedgehog, and O. Dan. jævel, urchin, from O.N. ígull, id.]

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