from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A man who cleans out common sewers. or any one who fishes up small articles from the mud on the strands of tidal rivers.
  • n. A neglected or deserted child, who is allowed to run and play about the streets, picking up his living and his training anyhow; a street Arab; a gamin.
  • n. A kind of pipit
  • n. The Australian magpie-lark, Grallina picata, named from its large and elaborately built mud nest.
  • n. A mudder (which see).


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