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moldwarp

[mohld-wawrp] /ˈmoʊldˌwɔrp/
noun
1.
the common European mole, Talpa europaea.
Origin of moldwarp
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English moldwerp literally, earth-thrower (see mold3, warp); cognate with Old Saxon moldwerp, Middle High German moltwerf
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  • I did not return to moldwarp Hall, but helped Styles in the lumber-room, which before night we had almost emptied.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • Thus ended my second day's work at the library of moldwarp Hall.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • His mother and sister, he said, had been invited to moldwarp Hall.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • It also may have once belonged to the armoury of moldwarp Hall.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • One day as we were walking together over the fields, I told him the whole story of the loss of the weapon at moldwarp Hall.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • By the time she drew rein and allowed me to get alongside of her once more, we were in sight: of moldwarp Hall.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • The possessors of the moldwarp estate have, from time immemorial, regarded it as properly theirs.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
Word Origin and History for 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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