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mudlark

[muhd-lahrk] /ˈmʌdˌlɑrk/
noun
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)
4.
to grub or play in mud.
Origin
1790-1800
1790-1800; mud + lark1
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mudlark

/ˈmʌdˌlɑːk/
noun
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.
(Austral, slang) a racehorse that runs well on a wet or muddy course
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