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verbEnglish Regional, East Midlands, Scottish, Northern
no object To decay, rot; to crumble or moulder away.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in John Smith (bap. 1580, d. 1631), soldier and colonial governor. Probably from an unattested noun, representing the reflex of a borrowing from early Scandinavian, cognate with Middle Dutch mosch marsh, moss (probably from the same Indo-European base as classical Latin muscus) + -er.
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