hag

Hag \Hag\ (h[a^]g), n. [OE. hagge, hegge, witch, 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. [root]12.] 1. A witch, sorceress, or enchantress; also, a wizard. [Obs.] ``[Silenus] that old hag.'' --Golding. [1913 Webster] 2. An ugly old woman. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 3. A fury; a she-monster. --Crashaw. [1913 Webster] 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 {Hyperotreta}. Called also {hagfish}, {borer}, {slime eel}, {sucker}, and {sleepmarken}. [1913 Webster] 5. (Zo["o]l.) The hagdon or shearwater. [1913 Webster] 6. An appearance of light and fire on a horse's mane or a man's hair. --Blount. [1913 Webster] {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. [1913 Webster]