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: a low-lying meadow by the side of a river
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above
early Scots hawgh, hauch, going back to halch, halech (in Latin documents), going back to Old English healh, halch "corner, recess," of uncertain origin
The Old English word is traditionally taken to be related to holh "cavity, hole" (see hollow entry 1), but if holh continues *hulh-a- and healh *halh-a- there is no certain relationship.
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