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[hag-is] /ˈhæg ɪs/
noun, Chiefly Scot.
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
late Middle English
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 Unabridged
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  • Let's see what the pair o' you can do wi' your guns while haggis and I are setting things to rights.

    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
  • It is a mistake to believe that the pice de rsistance at every Scotch dinner-party is a haggis.

  • "What's no i' the bag will be i' the broo," quo' the Hielandman when he dirked the haggis.

    The Proverbs of Scotland Alexander Hislop
  • haggis, now regarded as Scottish, was once a common word in English.

British Dictionary definitions for haggis


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 hack1
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Word Origin and History for haggis

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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