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molder1

[mohl-der] /ˈmoʊl dər/
verb (used without object)
1.
to turn to dust by natural decay; crumble; disintegrate; waste away:
a house that had been left to molder.
verb (used with object)
2.
to cause to molder.
Also, especially British, moulder.
Origin
1525-1535
1525-35; obsolete mold to crumble (v. use of mold3) + -er6
Related forms
unmoldered; especially British, unmouldered, adjective
unmoldering; especially British, unmouldering, adjective
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Examples for mouldering
  • Now the cop has asked the surgeon to come along to help dispose of their father's furniture, long mouldering in the attic.
  • Attracted by the fresh corpse, the ghoul would leave the mouldering old body in peace.
  • The magazine was constructed of boards, which have long since rotted away, leaving only a few fragments of mouldering wood.
British Dictionary definitions for mouldering

molder

/ˈməʊldə/
verb, noun
1.
the US spelling of moulder1
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Word Origin and History for mouldering
molder
"to crumble away," 1530s, probably frequentative of mold (3) "loose earth." Related: Moldering.
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