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Originally appearing in Volume V04, Page 118 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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BOG (from Ir. and Gael. bogach, bog, soft), a tract of soft, spongy, water-logged ground, composed of vegetation, chiefly mosses, in various stages of decomposition. This vegetable matter when partially decomposed forms the substance known as " peat " (q.v.). When the accumulation of water is rapidly increased by excessive rainfall, there is a danger of a " bog-slide," or " bog-burst," which may obliterate the neighbouring cultivated land with a deposit of the contents of the bog. Destructive bog-slides have occurred in Ireland, such as that of the Knocknageeha Bog, Rathmore, Kerry, in 1896, at Castlerea, Roscommon, 1901, and at Kilmore, Galway, 1909. There is a French game of cards called " bog," said to be of Italian origin, played with a piquet pack on a table with six divisions, one of which is known by the name of the game and forms the pool. It was fashionable during the Second Empire.
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