mouldwarp

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From Middle English moldwarp, moldewarp, moldewerp, (also molwarpe, molewarpe), from Old English *moldeweorpe, ("mole"; literally "earth-thrower"; compare Old English wandeweorpe (mole)), from Proto-Germanic *muldawurpiz (earth-thrower, mole), equivalent to mould +‎ warp. Cognate with Scots malwart, modewarp (mole), Dutch molworp (mole), Low German mulworp, molworm (mole), German Maulwurf (mole), Danish muldvarp (mole), Swedish mullvad (mole), Icelandic moldvarpa (mole).

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mouldwarp (plural mouldwarps)

  1. (now regional) A mole, Talpa europea.
    • 1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, II.3.1.i:
      as the moldiwarp in Æsop told the fox [...], you complain of toys, but I am blind, be quiet [...].
    • 1913, DH Lawrence, Sons and Lovers, Penguin 2006, p. 19:
      "Yi, an' there's some chaps as does go round like moudiwarps." He thrust his face forward in the blind, snout-like way of a mole, seeming to sniff and peer for direction.

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