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nounIrish English, English Regional, Scottish, Northern
A heavy hammer or beetle of metal or wood; = "maul". In early use: †a mace or club.
1no object To mix, associate, have dealings. Usually with with. Now chiefly Scottish.
2with object To mix, mingle, combine, blend.
3no object To mingle, combine, blend. Now rare (Scottish in later use).
verbIrish English, English Regional, Scottish, Northern
with object To strike or beat with a mallet or hammer; to hammer or pound; (hence) to beat severely.
Middle English. Variant of maul: see discussion at that entry<br>Middle English. From Anglo-Norman and Old French meller, variant of Old French mesler mix<br>late Middle English; earliest use found in Morte Arthure. From mell.
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