One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A mop; a bundle of rags fastened to the end of a stick, especially for cleaning out a baker's oven. regional in later use.
2A scarecrow; a ragged puppet or grotesque effigy; a guy.
3Scottish and English regional (northern). A hare.
Middle English (in an earlier sense). From the female forename Malkin from Mal, pet-form of the female forename Maud + -kin; in later use sometimes reanalysed as from Mal, Mall, Malle, pet-form of the female forename Mary + -kin.
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