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First published 1974 (SND Vol. IX).
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VEGGEL, n. Also veggl, vaigle, vaegle, vagil; ¶veegil (Sh. 1900 Shetland News (18 Aug.), Sh. 1973); and unreduced forms vegwal, veggwol, vaegwil (Sh. 1973). A wooden stake driven into the wall of a cowhouse with a hole through which the fastening for the animal was passed (Sh. a.1838 Jam. MSS. XI. 226, 1908 Jak. (1928), Sh. 1973). Comb. vagil-band, the rope which tied the animal to the stake. [′vɛg(w)əl]Sh. 1898 “Junda” Klingrahool 24:
Sho's tied at da vaegle neest da waa.
Sh. 1899 J. Spence Folk-Lore 143:
The noralegs are stuck into the byre wall near the vagil baand of the cow.
Sh. 1928 Manson's Almanac 187:
Shu jammed mi finger atween hir broos an' da vegwal.

[Norw. dial. vegg, O.N. veggr, wall + Norw. vol, O.N. vǫlr, a round stick, stake.]

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