from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A Scottish dish consisting of a mixture of the minced heart, lungs, and liver of a sheep or calf mixed with suet, onions, oatmeal, and seasonings and boiled in the stomach of the slaughtered animal.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a traditional Scottish dish made from minced offal and oatmeal etc, boiled in the stomach of a sheep etc; traditionally served with neeps and tatties and accompanied with whisky.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A Scotch pudding made of the heart, liver, lights, etc., of a sheep or lamb, minced with suet, onions, oatmeal, etc., highly seasoned, and boiled in the stomach of the same animal; minced head and pluck.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A dish made of a sheep's heart, lungs, and liver, minced with suet, onions, oatmeal, salt, and pepper, and boiled in a bag, usually the stomach of a sheep.
  • n. A sheep's head and pluck minced.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. made of sheep's or calf's viscera minced with oatmeal and suet and onions and boiled in the animal's stomach


Middle English hagese; perhaps akin to haggen, to chop; see haggle.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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  • See Vegetarian Haggis.

    September 15, 2010

  • "It sometimes happens that the bladder bursts during cooking and spills out it contents. To avoid this, wrap the haggis in a napkin, as if it were a galantine, before putting it into boiling water." - from Alfred Suzanne's recipe for haggis in his book La Cuisine Anglaise

    June 26, 2010

  • bilby: :-)

    December 3, 2009

  • Haha! I like that pronunciation too. Although I did eat haggis once (in Scotland), I still wouldn't get near it again if you paid me.

    December 3, 2009

  • Can only be the word that causes the jocularity, for the dish itself is scrumptious, esp. with tatties'n'neaps. Och, and an 80/- ale, or a malt.

    December 3, 2009

  • The vegetarian haggis is excellent.

    December 2, 2009

  • Really? I think it just sounds jarring. It nearly blew me out of my seat.

    I've eaten haggis and it was actually pretty good. I think it was probably some horribly processed Americanized haggis, though—if such a thing even exists—and would not be surprised to try it in Scotland someday and find out it doesn't taste at all like the kind I had.

    December 2, 2009

  • Love a's pronunciation! Almost makes it sound edible!

    December 2, 2009

  • I'll see your haggis and raise you a black pudding!

    October 25, 2008

  • Great chieftain o' the pudding-race!

    February 13, 2007