mudlark

[ muhd-lahrk ]
/ ˈmʌdˌlɑrk /

noun

Chiefly British. a person who gains a livelihood by searching for iron, coal, old ropes, etc., in mud or low tide.
Chiefly British Informal. a street urchin.
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)

to grub or play in mud.

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Origin of mudlark

First recorded in 1790–1800; mud + lark1
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British Dictionary definitions for mudlark

mudlark
/ (ˈmʌdˌlɑːk) /

noun

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