moldwarp

[mohld-wawrp]

noun

the common European mole, Talpa europaea.

Nearby words

  1. molding,
  2. molding board,
  3. molding plane,
  4. moldova,
  5. moldovan,
  6. moldy,
  7. moldy fig,
  8. mole,
  9. mole crab,
  10. mole cricket

Origin of moldwarp

1275–1325; Middle English moldwerp literally, earth-thrower (see mold3, warp); cognate with Old Saxon moldwerp, Middle High German moltwerf

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Word Origin and History for mold-warp

moldwarp

n.

also mouldwarp, early 14c., moldewarp, from Proto-Germanic *moldo-worpo(n)-, literally "earth-thrower," from to Old English molde "earth, soil" (see mole (2) + weorpan "to throw" (see warp (v.)). Common Germanic, cf. Old Saxon moldwerp, Dutch mulworp, Norwegian moldvarp, Danish muldvarp, Old High German multwurf, German Maulwurf (influenced by Maul "mouth").

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