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From Middle English moldwarp, moldewarp, moldewerp, (also molwarpe, molewarpe), from Old English *moldeweorpe, ("mole"; literally "earth-thrower"; compare Old English wandeweorpe (mole)), from Proto-Germanic *muldawurpiz (earth-thrower, mole), equivalent to mould +‎ warp. Cognate with Scots malwart, modewarp (mole), Dutch molworp (mole), Low German mulworp, molworm (mole), German Maulwurf (mole), Danish muldvarp (mole), Swedish mullvad (mole), Icelandic moldvarpa (mole).



mouldwarp (plural mouldwarps)

  1. (now regional) A mole, Talpa europea.
    • 1621, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy, Oxford: Printed by Iohn Lichfield and Iames Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 216894069:, II.3.1.i:
      as the moldiwarp in Æsop told the fox […], you complain of toys, but I am blind, be quiet […].
    • 1913, DH Lawrence, Sons and Lovers, Penguin 2006, p. 19:
      "Yi, an' there's some chaps as does go round like moudiwarps." He thrust his face forward in the blind, snout-like way of a mole, seeming to sniff and peer for direction.