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haggis

[hag-is]
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noun Chiefly Scot.
  1. a traditional pudding made of the heart, liver, etc., of a sheep or calf, minced with suet and oatmeal, seasoned, and boiled in the stomach of the animal.

Origin of haggis

1375–1425; late Middle English hageys < Anglo-French *hageis, equivalent to hag- (root of haguer to chop, hash < Middle Dutch hacken to hack1) + -eis noun suffix used in cookery terms
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  • It was the same course that had been taken by Mackintosh and Haggis earlier in the day.

    The Fiery Totem

    Argyll Saxby

  • Haggis and I came upon it this morning a hundred yards from Silver Lake.

    The Fiery Totem

    Argyll Saxby

  • Haggis'll maybe pick up tracks there that'll be o' use to us.

    The Fiery Totem

    Argyll Saxby

  • If you'll unpack the mare and tether her, Haggis, we can see aboot the fire and the meat.

    The Fiery Totem

    Argyll Saxby

  • I don't care if you are as Scotch as a haggis, I know in advance what your feelings will be.

    Cobb's Bill-of-Fare

    Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb


British Dictionary definitions for haggis

haggis

noun
  1. a Scottish dish made from sheep's or calf's offal, oatmeal, suet, and seasonings boiled in a skin made from the animal's stomach

Word Origin

C15: perhaps from haggen to hack 1
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Word Origin and History for haggis

n.

dish of chopped entrails, c.1400, now chiefly Scottish, but it was common throughout Middle English, perhaps from Old French agace "magpie," on analogy of the odds and ends the bird collects. The other theory [Klein, Watkins] traces it to Old English haggen "to chop" (see hack (v.1)).

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