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First published 1971 (DOST Vol. IV).
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Muk(k)ing, vbl. n. Also: mukkin, mucking(e, mukyne, mwking, mokyn; and ? Mewking. [e.m.E. mucking (1601).]

1. Manuring land with dung or other fertilizer.Also attrib. with -sled and -time.(Expenses of the Grange of Darnaway:) 1502–7 Exch. R. XII. 672.
To Brande for the mokyn ix bollis aitis
1547 Blackfriars Perth 240.
The half of all expensis that sall neid to be maid upone the said croft in plewing, harrowing, mukking, weding … thairof
1568 Inverness Rec. I. 163.
The serwice of his horse wyth his awin wyff in the said horse heid dalye in mukking and harrowing
1582 Ib. 291. 1584 St. A. Test. II. 49.
For teilling thairof twyse mwking and harowing of the samin
1597 Skene Verb. S. s.v. Ware.
To gather wair for mucking and guding of their landes
1604 Elgin Rec. II. 121. a1699 Skene Agric. MS.
Concerning the muckinge and teallinge of the land
1680 Echt-Forbes Chart. 148.attrib. (1) 1571 Inverness Rec. I. 203.
Tuay mukkin sleddis and tuay corne sleddis
(2) 1566 (1585) Reg. Great S. 287/1.
Ane gude service of ane hors with ane cart in mukingtyme ane day
1574 Edinb. Test. III. 103 b.
The seruice of sex hors in mukking tyme
1646 Melrose Reg. Rec. I. 114.
Ane [darg] in aitt sawing tyme and mucking tyme

b. ? concr. ? Manure, fertiliser, generally. 1547 Blackfriars Perth 240.
The saidis priour and convent … and the said John Malcolme … , sall furneiss equallie … half muk and half mukkin, with leding and spredding of the samyn

2. Cleaning out, cleansing.1658 Melrose Reg. Rec. I. 190 (see Muk v. 1).

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