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First published 1971 (DOST Vol. IV).
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Moppat, Mappat, n. Also: -et, -it, mape(s)t. [Appar. corresp. to late ME. and e.m.E. (c 1440–1599) mappel, maple, mapolte (1466), -olde (1486), of somewhat uncertain origin, of which it is conceivably an alteration. Cf. also Mope n.]

A mop. Also attrib. with hadder, nele (nail) and schaft.As used for general cleaning, for gun-barrels, for applying liquids, etc.(1) 1512–13 Treas. Acc. IV. 465.
For iiij scheip skynnys to mak moppatis for the tallowyng of the James
Ib. 473.
For moppatis schaftis, xvj d.
1512 Ib. 454. 1545 Ib. VIII. 390.
To be knittellis to the chargeouris, moppettis and traistis to the saidis pecis
Ib. 359, 421. 1547 Ib. IX. 86. 1549 Ib. 323. 1565 Reg. Privy C. I. 403. 1566 Inv. Wardrobe 168.
In the gunhous … nyne moppatis mountit all serving to sindrie peceis
1571 Treas. Acc. MS. 110.
xij scheip skynnis to be moppettis to the said artailȝerie
1585 Elphinstone Mun. 23.
Ane charger of irne for the tua doubill falcones with hir moppet and ane charger of irne with hir moppet to the single falcoun
(b) 1512–13 Treas. Acc. IV. 471.
For mappattis and stafys to hir [? the ship] iij s. iiij d.
1532 Ib. VI. 157. 1597 Skipper's Acc. (Morton) 16 a.
For thromes to be mapetes and twyne
Ib. 18 b.
For ane dosone thrumes to be mapestis
1626 M. Works Acc. MS. XIX. 4 b.
To the wobster for ane pund of thrumes to be ane mappet for smeiring over the quheillis with, iiij s.
(2) 1539 Treas. Acc. VII. 183.
attrib. For mappet schaftis, ij s.
1561 Ib. XI. 115.
For ane bote … costis, nalis, pik, moppet hadder [etc.]
1597 Skipper's Acc. (Morton) 20 a.
For thrumis and mappit schaftis vi s.
1641-8 Skipper's Acc. (Smettone) 6.
Item, for mapet neles 4 s.
Ib. 27.
It. for mapet shaftes 4 s.

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