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First published 1965 (SND Vol. VI).
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MULLOCH, n. Also malloch; mollach, -och. The crumbled refuse of peat such as is found at the bottom of a peat stack (Mry. 1813 W. Leslie Agric. Mry. 461); loose soil (Fif. c.1850 Peattie MS.).Per., Slg. a.1838 Jam. MSS. XII. 118:
They were kiss'd in the hole of the peat-stack, And the wind blew molloch in their een.
Ayr. 1895 H. Ochiltree Redburn i.:
In the peat-neuk, half a cart load at least of peat-malloch lies baked and dry looking.

[Deriv. in -Och of Eng. mull, small particles, esp. of peat, dust, mould, obs. exc. in n. dial., O.Sc. mol, a.1400, dust. prob. ad. Mid.Du. mul, mol, id. Cogn. with Meal, n.]

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