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quag

[kwag, kwog] /kwæg, kwɒg/
noun
1.
Origin of quag
1580-1590
First recorded in 1580-90; expressive word, obscurely akin to quake
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quag

/kwæɡ; kwɒɡ/
noun
1.
another word for quagmire
Word Origin
C16: perhaps related to quake; compare Middle Low German quabbe
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n.

"marshy spot," 1580s, a variant of Middle English quabbe "a marsh, bog," from Old English *cwabba "shake, tremble" (like something soft and flabby).

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