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Seg(g, n. Also: segge, sege, seig. [ME and e.m.E. segge (a1250), seg (1538), e.m.E. sedge (c1590), segg (1594), OE secg (cf. Sage n.3): Cf. also MLG segge, segghe (Schiller-Lübben) and Du. zegge.] Sedge; a sedge. Also attrib.(1) 1634 Wedderburn Gramm. 15.
Carex, the wild seg
1500-1699 Herbarius Latinus Annot. iiii (Bot.).
Acorus, seggis
(2) c1420 Ratis R. 1135.
To mak … of a seg a swerd of were
(3) 1549 Compl. 42/30.
Than the scheiphyrdis vyuis cuttit raschis and seggis
1549 Compl. 67/6.
I sau mony grene seggis, that ar gude to prouoke the flouris of vemen
1616 M. Works Acc. (ed.) II 19.
For tuentie sewin burdein of seggis to be brachames to the horse
1638 Pittenweem Ann. 27.
He sall cut the haill seggs in the myre
1657 Balfour Ann. IV 114.
One ane old bolster aboue a matte of segges and rushes
(4) coll. 1660–1 Aberd. Shore Wk. Acc. 467.
24 burdens seg to the clouss … 5 s. ilk on [£6]
(5) attrib. 1500-1699 Herbarius Latinus Annot. iiii (Adv.).
Segruttis, seg rutis, seigruitis

b. attrib. Sege feddir, ? the seed head of the sedge plant or rush used (comically) as a feather to decorate a helmet. a1568 Bann. MS 107b/32.
Schir Allanis hewmond is ane cop With ane sege feddir in his top

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