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mullock

[muhl-uh k]
noun
  1. (in Australasia) refuse or rubbish, as rock or earth, from a mine; muck.
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Idioms
  1. poke mullock at, Australian. to ridicule.
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Origin of mullock

1350–1400; orig. dialectal English; Middle English mullok, equivalent to mul dust, mold, rubbish (compare Old English myl dust; vowel perhaps from Middle English mullen; see mull4) + -ok -ock
Related formsmul·lock·y, adjective
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Examples from the Web for mullock

Historical Examples

  • "We'd better get down and clear out some of the mullock," he said.

    The Black Opal

    Katharine Susannah Prichard

  • Watty threw the mullock from his hide bucket as it came up, and lowered it again.

    The Black Opal

    Katharine Susannah Prichard

  • Where were the familiar poppet heads, the heaps of mullock, and the diligently fossicked alluvial?

    Under the Red Crescent

    Charles S. Ryan

  • Another mile brings us to Mullock Bridge, where a long causeway traverses a marshy backwater of the Haven.

  • And diggers came up with their flannels and moleskins yellow and heavy, and dripping with wet 'mullock'.


British Dictionary definitions for mullock

mullock

noun
  1. Australian waste material from a mine
  2. dialect a mess or muddle
  3. poke mullock at Australian informal to ridicule
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Derived Formsmullocky, adjective

Word Origin

C14: related to Old English myl dust, Old Norse mylja to crush; see muller
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