Post by Janet Post by Madrigal Gurneyhalt Post by Janet
. Stag is the term for a male turkey.
Say what now?
A young turkey is called a poult
A male turkey is a stag and a female is a hen"
I looked at the OED entry for stag and was surprised at the number of
a. The male of a deer, esp. of the red deer; spec. a hart or male
deer of the fifth year. (In the 15th c. †stag of a hart.)
b. fig. Also in phrases †to go in stag: To go naked. †to make (a
husband) a stag, to make to wear the stag's crest = to cuckold.
c. In the names of various species of the genus Cervus. axis stag
n. an Indian deer ( C. axis). Carolina Stag n. the North American
Wapiti ( C. canadensis).
d. The flesh of the stag; venison. rare—1.
e. The horn of the stag, as a material for handles of cutlery. Also
†f. transf. flying stag, the stag-beetle n. Obs.
2. north. and Sc. A young horse, esp. one unbroken.
3. An animal castrated when full grown.
a. A bull; more fully bull stag. Now dial., Sc. and Austral.
b. A boar, hog, or ram. dial.
4. Applied to the male of various birds. (Cf. steg n.)
a. A cock. dial. Also spec. in Cock-fighting, a cock less than one
b. A turkey-cock of two years and upwards.
†c. A young swan. Obs. (Cf. steg n. swan.)
5. dial. The wren.
6. dial. and colloq. A big, romping girl; a bold woman.
7. slang. [Probably < sense 1; but the reason for the use is
a. An informer; esp. in phrase to turn stag. Also see quot. 1725.
b. (See quots.)
1823 ‘J. Bee’ Slang s.v. Queer bail are ‘stag’: those men who
being hired at a guinea or two per oath, to swear they are worth
vast sums, stand about judges' chambers in term-time.
1848 J. R. Bartlett Dict. Americanisms (at cited word) In the
New York courts, a stag is the technical name for a man who is
always ready to aid in proving an alibi, of course ‘for a
c. (See quot. 1857.)
1857 ‘Ducange Anglicus’ Vulgar Tongue 20 Stag, shilling.
d. A spell of duty. (See also quot. 1881.)
1881 S. Evans Evans's Leicestershire Words (new ed.) 255 A
‘stag’ is also one set to watch while his fellows are engaged in
anything in which they wish not to be caught.
e. ellipt. for stag-dinner n., stag-party n. at Compounds 1c, etc.
(Compounds 1c). N. Amer.
f. U.S. A man who attends a social function without a female
partner. Also quasi-adv. in phr. to go stag.
8. Comm. slang.
a. A person who applies for an allocation of shares in a joint-stock
concern solely with a view to selling immediately at a profit.
b. (See quot. 1854.)
1854 H. Ayres Fenn's Eng. & Foreign Funds 109 A Stag is one
who is not a Member of the Stock Exchange, but deals outside,
and is sometimes called an ‘Outsider’.
Peter Duncanson, UK