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First published 1965 (SND Vol. VI).
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MUGGINS, n. Also muggans, muggons; moogans (Arg.1 1931). The common mugwort, Artemisia vulgaris (Rnf., Kcb.3 1929, Abd., Uls. 1963). See also Muggart. [′mʌgɪnz, Arg. ′mug-]wm.Sc. 1868 Laird of Logan Add. 509:
Drink nettles in March, And eat muggans in May, And there wadna sa monie Braw maidens gang to the clay.
Sc. 1870 R. Chambers Pop. Rhymes 331:
Muggons or mugwort, and a decoction of nettles, form a favourite prescription for consumption among the common people.

[Curtailed form of Muggart + -ins ending, an analogy with sim. endings in plant-names as Averins, Dockens, Gowans, Quickens, Seggans, etc.]

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