One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounNorthern English, Scottish
A piece of flat alluvial land by the side of a river, forming part of the floor of the river valley.
- ‘A battle took place on 30 April, 1690, in which a Jacobite force was routed on the low ground (haughs) at Cromdale in Morayshire by government forces.’
- ‘The views were extensive, out over the haughs of Abernethy and Cromdale towards the waters of the Moray Firth.’
- ‘Below me, my godson and his father waited on the flat haugh land.’
Middle English: probably from Old English healh ‘corner, nook’, related to holh ‘hollow’.
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