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First published 1965 (SND Vol. VI).
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MOW, n.2 Also mowe. Dust, mould, dross.

Comb. peat-mow (Abd. 1790 A. Shirrefs Poems Gl.).Abd. 1754 R. Forbes Journal 24:
Turned o'er our gallant cart amon' a heap o' shirrels an' peat-mow.
Sc. 1776 D. Herd Sc. Songs II. 121:
Another was kiss'd on the green, The third behind the pease stack, Till the mow flew up to her een.

[O.Sc. mow, id., c.1470, variant of O.Sc. mol, dust, rubbish, a.1400, Mid.Eng., id., Mid.Du. mol. An ablaut variant is O.E. myl, Eng. dial. mull, id.]

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