Definitions for: Hag


[n] eellike cyclostome having a tongue with horny teeth in a round mouth surrounded by eight tentacles; feeds on dead or trapped fishes by boring into their bodies
[n] an ugly evil-looking old woman



Webster (1913) Definition: Hag, n. [OE. hagge, hegge, with, hag, AS. h[ae]gtesse;
akin to OHG. hagazussa, G. hexe, D. heks, Dan. hex, Sw.
h["a]xa. The first part of the word is prob. the same as E.
haw, hedge, and the orig. meaning was perh., wood woman, wild
woman. ?.]
1. A witch, sorceress, or enchantress; also, a wizard. [Obs.]
``[Silenus] that old hag.'' --Golding.

2. An ugly old woman.

3. A fury; a she-monster. --Grashaw.

4. (Zo["o]l.) An eel-like marine marsipobranch ({Myxine
glutinosa}), allied to the lamprey. It has a suctorial
mouth, with labial appendages, and a single pair of gill
openings. It is the type of the order Hyperotpeta. Called
also hagfish, borer, slime eel, sucker, and
sleepmarken.

5. (Zo["o]l.) The hagdon or shearwater.

6. An appearance of light and fire on a horse's mane or a
man's hair. --Blount.

Hag moth (Zo["o]l.), a moth (Phobetron pithecium), the
larva of which has curious side appendages, and feeds on
fruit trees.

Hag's tooth (Naut.), an ugly irregularity in the pattern of
matting or pointing.


Hag, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Hagged; p. pr. & vb. n.
Hagging.]
To harass; to weary with vexation.

How are superstitious men hagged out of their wits with
the fancy of omens. --L'Estrange.


Hag, n. [Scot. hag to cut; cf. E. hack.]
1. A small wood, or part of a wood or copse, which is marked
off or inclosed for felling, or which has been felled.

This said, he led me over hoults and hags; Through
thorns and bushes scant my legs I drew. --Fairfax.

2. A quagmire; mossy ground where peat or turf has been cut.
--Dugdale.

Synonyms: beldam, beldame, crone, hagfish, slime eels, witch

See Also: agnathan, eptatretus, family Myxinidae, jawless fish, jawless vertebrate, Myxine glutinosa, Myxinidae, Myxinikela siroka, old woman

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