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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.

Origin: Scot. Hag to cut; cf. E. Hack.

1. A witch, sorceress, or enchantress; also, a wizard. [Silenus] that old hag.

2. An ugly old woman.

3. A fury; a she-monster.

4. (Science: zoology) 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. (Science: zoology) The hagdon or shearwater.

6. An appearance of light and fire on a horses mane or a man's hair. Hag moth, an ugly irregularity in the pattern of matting or pointing.

Origin: oe. Hagge, hegge, with, hag, as. Haegtesse; akin to OHG. Hagazussa, g. Hexe, D. Heks, dan. Hex, Sw. Haxa. The first part of the word is prob. The same as E. Haw, hedge, and the orig. Meaning was perh, wood woman, wild woman.