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chained_bear commented on the word boghan
"Boghans or Boaghans, the extinct breed of small black cattle. Manx word for 'cows' with English plural added.
*A description of these animals, as they survived 120 years ago, may be of interest.
'The original Manks breed of cattle were low, deep-chested, hardy animals, of a dingy black, often with the ridge of the back, and ears, brown; or wholly of a dark brown colour, having seldom white or light-coloured spots; short-jointed, but not full in the hind-quarter; the horn very thick at the root, and rather turning upwards. They gave rich milk, but in small quantities; were easy to feed and fat, though not of early maturity.... From the influx of a variety of other breeds, this original race is disappearing.' (Quayle, Manx Agriculture, p. 106)"
—W. Walter Gill, Manx Dialect Words and Phrases, 1934
April 23, 2009