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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III).
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DISHILAGO, n. The coltsfoot, Tussilago farfara (Sc. 1808 Jam.; Lnk. 1831 W. Patrick Plants 313; Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 173). Also dishalago(w), -laga, dishlago, dishielogie, dishilagie, dishilaingie, dishylagy, dishalaka, disilago. Also in Nhb. dial. Gen.Sc.Fif. 1909 Colville 123:
The brown, withered leaves of the tussilago or colts'-foot — “dishie-logie” it was called — were eagerly utilised as a substitute for tobacco.
Lnk. 1881 D. Thomas Musings 88:
An' bonnie dishalagow flow'rs Their silent welcome gi'e.

[Corruptions of Lat. tussilago, idem.]

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