maddock

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English maddoc, from an unrecorded Old English form corresponding to Old Norse maðkr (whence dialectal English mawk, Danish madike, Swedish mask), originally a diminutive of the Proto-Germanic *maþô (worm) (whence Old English maþa), equivalent to made (maggot) +‎ -ock.

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Noun[edit]

maddock (plural maddocks)

  1. (obsolete) an earthworm, a maggot