Word Origin & History
O.E. mawan (class VII strong verb; past tense meow, pp. mawen), from P.Gmc. *mæanan (cf. M.L.G. maeyen, Du. maaien, Ger. mähen "to mow," O.E. mæd "meadow"), from PIE base *me- "to mow" (cf. poetic Gk. amao, L. metere, It. mietere, Welsh medi). Related: Mowed; mown; mowing.
"stack of hay," O.E. muga, muwa "a heap, swath of corn, crowd of people," earlier muha, from P.Gmc. *mugon (cf. O.N. mugr "a heap," mostr "crowd").