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[lag-uh n]
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noun Law.
  1. anything sunk in the sea, but attached to a buoy or the like so that it may be recovered.
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Origin of lagan

1525–35; < Middle French (> Medieval Latin laganum); probably < Germanic; compare Old Norse lǫgn net laid in the sea
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  • The department is subdivided into three offices—Lagan, Flotsam, and Jetsam—and in each there is an officer.

    The Man Who Laughs

    Victor Hugo

British Dictionary definitions for lagan


ligan (ˈlaɪɡən)

  1. goods or wreckage on the sea bed, sometimes attached to a buoy to permit recoveryCompare flotsam, jetsam
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Word Origin

C16: from Old French lagan, probably of Germanic origin; compare Old Norse lögn dragnet
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