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n. pl. pogy or po·gies

[Alteration of dialectal poghaden, perhaps of Eastern Abenaki origin.]
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(ˈpəʊɡɪ; ˈpɒɡɪ)
npl pogies or pogypl pogies
1. (Animals) another name for the porgy
2. (Social Welfare) a variant spelling of pogey
[C19: perhaps from Algonquian pohegan menhaden]
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(ˈpoʊ gi, ˈpɒg i)

n., pl. (esp. collectively) -gy, (esp. for kinds or species) -gies.
[1855–60; shortening of poghaden (a Maine dial. term, perhaps < Eastern Abenaki); see -y2]


(ˈpoʊ gi)

n., pl. -gies. Canadian Slang.
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Noun1.pogy - money received from the state
public assistance, social welfare, welfare - governmental provision of economic assistance to persons in need; "she lives on welfare"
Canada - a nation in northern North America; the French were the first Europeans to settle in mainland Canada; "the border between the United States and Canada is the longest unguarded border in the world"
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An' we used to go out on the Rock Wall an' catch pogies an' rock cod.
Large smoker kingfish in excess of 30 pounds might be under any remaining pods of pogies and mullet, again with Ponce Inlet anglers getting the best shots.
Also known colloquially as bunker, pogies, or alewifes, they are the staple food for many commercially important predator fish, including striped bass, bluefish, and weakfish, which are harvested along the coast in a dozen different states, as well as for sharks, dolphins, and blue whales.
Polypipe Terrain's Hydromax Siphonic roof drainage system and Fuze Gravity Drainage for soil and waste management, both produced from HDPE, Domus Ventilation system manufactured from PVC and polybutylene-based under-floor heating systems feature in the display, alongside an array of plastic products ranging from a canoe paddle to a stadium seat and rowing pogies.
Feeding was mainly squid (Illex illecebrosus) and butterfish (Peprilus triacanthus); however, Atlantic mackerel (Scomber scombrus), pogies (Brevoortia tyrannus), or blue back herring (Alosa aestivalis) were often used to vary diet.
He has experimented with just about every fish he can find in a fish market, including ciscoes, drum, herring, mackerel, mullet, pogies, sardines, shad, and smelt.
Bean in Maine, where I fell in love with catching striped bass that ran up the Kennebec River from the Atlantic Ocean, feeding on schools of alewife, menhaden, smelt, pogies, and other minnows.
The fish migrate here each summer from the Gulf of Mexico to feed on schools of herring, mackerel, butterfish, and pogies living around the Georges Bank.
Look for clear water with schools of pogies around.
That means not using small bait like pogies and mackerel, which they readily devour.