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cushag

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Manx cushag vooar (big stalk), from cushag (stalk).

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈkʊˌʃəɡ/, /ˈkʊˌʃæɡ/, /ˈkʊˌʒəɡ/

NounEdit

cushag (plural cushags)

  1. (chiefly Manx) The ragwort, the national flower of the Isle of Man, which has a large stalk.
    • 1894, Hall Caine, The Manxman, page 98:
      He saw Kate coming down the glen road, driving two heifers with a cushag for switch and flashing its gold at them in the horizontal gleams of sunset.
    • 1908, in the British Bee Journal and Bee-keepers' Adviser, volume 36, page 214:
      I pointed out a field near my apiary full of cushags, and, though a sunny day in midsummer, not a bee was to be found among the cushags, nor had I ever previously seen them working on that flower.
    • 1954, Dorothy Kaucher, Armchair in the sky: ocean flights with air pioneers, page 108:
      Little green men with their eyes all afire,
      Poking stray sunbeams in pools to catch them,
      Binding the wind with a cushag stem wire,
      Throwing the mist on the clouds to patch them.

QuotationsEdit

  • 1913, Hall Caine, The woman thou gavest me: being the story of Mary O'Neill:
    "Mary, my love, you will certainly agree that your islanders who do not eat cushags, poor dears, are the funniest people alive as guests."

ManxEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /kʊʒəɡ/, /kʊʒaɡ/

NounEdit

cushag

  1. stalk