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First published 1971 (DOST Vol. IV).

Moustaches, Mustaches, Mustages, n. pl. Also: mushtaches. [e.m.E. mustaches, moustaches (1585), mostaches (1622), F. moustache fem. sing.] (A pair of) moustaches, a person's moustache, an animal's whiskers. —(a) 1587 Carmichael Etym. 22.
Mystax, moustaches
(b) a1605 Montg. Ch. & Slae 34 (Wr.).
The con, the conny and the cat … With stiffe mustaches strang
1604-9 Grahame Anat. Hum. 30 b.
Snotty nos'd gentlemen with their drouping mustaches covering their mouth
1658 Tayler Hist. Fam. Urquhart 57.
Then have I … given order … to scullions [etc.] … to spit in your face … to tred on your mushtashes
(c) 1603 Philotus v.
Gudeman, quha hes maid ȝour mustages?
1638 Adamson Muses Thr. 30.
Their horride beards, thrown browes, brustled mustages Of deadly blows t'inshew were trew presages

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