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[ScG, grey crest].

A sea monster in Scottish Gaelic folklore, thought to be the largest of all living creatures, capable of making a meal of seven whales. Known in songs and legends under several titles: mial mhòr a' chuain [the great beast of the ocean]; curtag mhòr a' chuain [the great whirlpool of the ocean]; uile bhéisd a' chuain [the monster of the ocean]. See also AFANC; LOCH NESS MONSTER; OILLIPHÉIST:

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