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[lag-uh n] /ˈlæg ən/
noun, Law.
anything sunk in the sea, but attached to a buoy or the like so that it may be recovered.
Also, ligan.
Origin of lagan
1525-35; < Middle French (> Medieval Latin laganum); probably < Germanic; compare Old Norse lǫgn net laid in the sea Unabridged
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  • The department is subdivided into three offices—lagan, Flotsam, and Jetsam—and in each there is an officer.

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British Dictionary definitions for lagan


goods or wreckage on the sea bed, sometimes attached to a buoy to permit recovery Compare flotsam, jetsam
Word Origin
C16: from Old French lagan, probably of Germanic origin; compare Old Norse lögn dragnet
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