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First published 1971 (DOST Vol. IV).
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Moch, Moich, a. [Origin obscure; also in the mod. dial. as moch, moach, mogh, maugh (also much, moich and meigh); the mod. dial. also has mochie, mauchie, maughie. Perh. connected with Eng. dial. moke fog, mist, moky foggy, murky: for possible Scand. and other cognates, see SND Moch n.2, adj., v.2] Damp, moist; muggy. a. Applied to something which is rotting as a result of damp. b. Applied to a warm mist. — 1501 Doug. Pal. Hon. i. 26.
Auld rottin runtis quhairin na sap was leifit, Moch, all waist, widderit with granis moutit
Id. Æn. xii. Prol. 46.
Moich hailsum stovys ourheldand the slak

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