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A loose end; a dangling shred. "Daglocks, clotted locks hanging in dags or jags at a sheep's tail." (Wedgwood)

Origin: OE. Dagge (cf. Dagger); or cf. AS. Dag what is dangling.

1. A dagger; a poniard.

2. A large pistol formerly used. "The Spaniards discharged their dags, and hurt some." (Foxe) "A sort of pistol, called dag, was used about the same time as hand guns and harquebuts." (Grose)

3. <zoology> The unbrunched antler of a young deer.

Origin: Cf. F. Dague, LL. Daga, D. Dagge (fr. French); all prob. Fr. Celtic; Cf. Gael. Dag a pistol, Armor. Dag dagger, W. Dager, dagr, Ir. Daigear. Cf. Dagger.

(01 Mar 1998)

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