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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A horse employed in grinding malt by working a treadmill or winch; hence, a slow, heavy horse.

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  • "'One would think you had never seen blood before, which is absurd in a band of hired assassins. Mome, capon, malt-horse, lobcock,'—this to Killick—'hold the basin straight. Mr Mowett, in the top left-hand drawer of my medicine-chest you will find some curved needles with gut already to them; pray be so good as to bring me a pair, together with a phial of styptic in the midmost rack, and a handful of lint...'"
    --Patrick O'Brian, Treason's Harbour, 118

    February 19, 2008