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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).
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Half-hag, n. Also: halfe-, halff- and -hage, -haige. [Cf. e.m.E. half-hake (c 1538).] A smaller size of Hagbut. 1541 Treas. Acc. VII. 499.
To wirk … upoun the dichting and grathing of the half haggis and culveringis
Ib. VIII. 46.
lviij culveringis and half haggis, … price of the pece, xiiij s.
1549 Compl. 41/34.
Mak reddy ȝour … hagbutis of croche, half haggis, culuerenis, and hail schot
1561 Treas. Acc. XI. 64.
That nane schute with half hage at … wilde foulis
1577 Digest Justiciary Proc. I. 68.
Men of weir, … with … culvering, halff haggis, pistolattis
1600 Black Bk. Taymouth 336.
Item in the lach chalmer of Ballach of half haggis, i
attrib. (?) 1567 G. Ball. 201.
Thair half hag matines fast thay patter

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