One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounNorthern, Scottish, North
A moth; especially a clothes moth.
adjectiveIrish English, Scottish, Northern
Moist, damp; mouldy, putrescent; humid, muggy.
Mid 17th century. Variant of moth<br>early 16th century; earliest use found in Gavin Douglas (c1476–1522), poet and bishop of Dunkeld. Origin uncertain; probably from a Germanic base related to mug.
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