1. Chiefly British. a person who gains a livelihood by searching for iron, coal, old ropes, etc., in mud or low tide.
  2. Chiefly British Informal. a street urchin.
  3. either of two black and white birds, Grallina cyanoleuca, of Australia, or G. bruijni, of New Guinea, that builds a large, mud nest.
verb (used without object)
  1. to grub or play in mud.

Origin of mudlark

First recorded in 1790–1800; mud + lark1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. slang, rare a street urchin
  2. (formerly) one who made a living by picking up odds and ends in the mud of tidal rivers
  3. Australian slang a racehorse that runs well on a wet or muddy course
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