One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Mouldy, musty, or festering.‘a mucid sheet of green scum floated undisturbed over the goldfish pool’
mouldy, stale, fusty, damp, dank, mildewed, mildewy, decayed, smelly, stuffy, airless, unventilatedView synonyms
- ‘He caught sight of a slop-shop where old clothes smothered the entrance with their mucid heaps.’
- ‘The dank miasma of the marsh, clung with a mucid dullness round my frame.’
- ‘Here and there are mucid gray globs of something vaguely organic.’
- ‘The town was mucid and quaggy in the extreme.’
- ‘By midsummer, the water was mucid, pea-green, fermenting, almost bubbling with corruption.’
Mid 17th century: from Latin mucidus, from mucere ‘be mouldy’.
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