Monday, May 18, 2009

bog people, n.

[< bog n.1 + people n. In sense 2 after Danish mosefolket (1965, in source translated in quot. 1969 at sense 2).]

With pl. concord.

1. Collectively: the inhabitants of a boggy area. rare.

1878 Times 29 Jan. 4/6 The old troglodytes, pile-villagers, and bog-people prove to be quite a respectable society. 1988 Toronto Star (Nexis) 29 Nov. W10 Chevrier and other bog people...are appealing to citizens to join a city-wide movement to convince Mississauga city council that the picturesque wetland is a chunk of local natural history that is worthy of preservation.

2. Collectively: the bodies, typically belonging to pre-Christian Germanic cultures, found in a well-preserved state in peatbogs in northern Europe. Cf. bogman n. 2.

1969 R. Bruce-Mitford tr. P. V. Glob (title) The bog people: Iron-Age man preserved. 1988 Paleobiol. 14 334 The so-called ‘bog people’ from the peats of northern Germany, Scandinavia, Britain, and Ireland...have been mistaken for recent murder victims. 1996 A. Michaels Fugitive Pieces ii. 221, I had discovered the perfectly preserved bog people in National Geographic, and derived a fascinated comfort from their preservation.

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