One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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- ‘I'll lend her my Muckender - here Friend, pray give her this to cover her Knees a little.’
- ‘How I laughed at hearing of her throwing a second muckender to a Methusalem!’
- ‘One must wipe his mouth for him with a muckender.’
- ‘Nor can I help laughing, when I see a man every minute stealing out a dirty muckender, then sneaking it in again.’
- ‘Tomorrow's light shall see us pale and glum, and muckenders shall wave for months to come.’
Late Middle English: probably from Catalan mocador, via Occitan from late Latin muccare (see mouchoir).
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