mud lark

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: a person who grubs in mud (as in search of stray bits of coal, iron, rope)
specifically : an urchin who grubs for a living along the tide flats of the English Thames
dialectal, England : pipit
: any of various birds (as the meadowlark or the shoveler) that live in moist places
: the Australian magpie lark (Grallina cyanoleuca) that makes mud nests


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intransitive verb

: to play, dig, or search in mud or on muddy ground
had been out all the morning sailing cork boats and mudlarking in the marshesCrosbie Garstin

Word History


Intransitive verb

mud lark

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