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First published 1965 (SND Vol. VI). Includes material from the 1976 supplement.
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MELG, n. The milt or sperm of a male fish (Abd. 1825 Jam.; Bnff., Abd. 1962).Abd.1 1929:
Gie the bairns the melgs fried, it's terrible fine an' licht aitin' for them.

[Gael. mealg, id., a borrowing from Scand. Cf. Icel. mjólkvi, Dan. melke, id., prob. orig. cog. with milk, which occurs in the sense of milt in Mid.Eng. Cf. note to Maak. Cf. also Mid. Du. melk, id.]

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