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Wig

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wig

A kind of raised seedcake. Wiggs and ale.

Origin: Cf. D. Wegge a sort of bread, G. Weck, orig, a wedge-shaped loaf or cake. See Wedge.

1. A covering for the head, consisting of hair interwoven or united by a kind of network, either in imitation of the natural growth, or in abundant and flowing curls, worn to supply a deficiency of natural hair, or for ornament, or according to traditional usage, as a part of an official or professional dress, the latter especially in England by judges and barristers.

2. An old seal; so called by fishermen. Wig tree.

(Science: botany) See smoke tree, under Smoke.

Origin: Abbreviation from periwig.