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First published 1965 (SND Vol. VI).
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MUGGART, n. Also muggert (Jam.), moggart; mougart (S.D.D.), moogard (Cai.); mugger (Ayr. 1825 Jam.), moogars (s.Arg.2, Dmf. 1945). Sc. forms of Eng. mugwort (Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 353; n.Sc., Ayr. 1825 Jam.). Attrib. in comb. muggart kail, id. (Mry. 1839 G. Gordon Flora Mry. 24; Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 116; Cai. 1956), a dish of boiled mugwort (Gregor). See also Muggins. [′mʌgərt; Cai., Arg., Dmf. ′mugər(d). See P.L.D. § 157 (4).]ne.Sc. 1888 D. Grant Keckleton 73:
I had a bit disappointment wi' the name o' the new hoose, which I had intended to be pronounced in the English mainner “Mugwort Hall”; but . . . the Keckleton loons kept persistently chalkin' “Muggart Ha',” and so “Muggart Ha'” it was.
Abd. 1892 Innes Rev. (Spring 1956) 18:
She ate also “moggart kail”, which grows on the baaks of the land.
Mry. 1950 Scotsman (16 Sept.):
In the village we find wart cress, coltsfoot, . . . mugwort — locally called “Muggart Kail” — and sea-bindweed.

[The first element is cogn. with midge, the plant being formerly used to deter midges.]

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"Muggart n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 5 Dec 2022 <>



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