skeg

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From a dialectal term for "a stump, a branch, a wooden peg"; compare Swedish skog. Compare also shaw.

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skeg (plural skegs)

  1. (nautical) A fin-like structure to the rear of the keel of a vessel that supports the rudder and protects a propeller.
  2. (nautical) A similar construction on a boat that acts as a keel.
  3. A fin that serves to stabilize a surfboard.
  4. (obsolete) A sort of wild plum.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Holland to this entry?)
  5. (obsolete) A kind of oat.
    • 1842, Cuthbert William Johnson, The farmer's encyclopædia, and dictionary of rural affairs
      SKEGS. A kind of oat, sometimes cultivated as a crop in Nottinghamshire. It is the Avena stipiformis of Linnaeus.
  6. (Australia, slang) A surfer; a person who leads a surfing lifestyle.

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