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MUCK, noun [Latin mucus.]

1. Dung in a moist state, or a mass of dung and putrefied vegetable matter.

With fattening muck besmear the roots.

2. Something mean, vile or filthy.

To run a muck to run madly and attack all we meet.

Running a muck is a phrase derived from the Malays, (in whose language amock signified to kill, ) applied to desperate persons who

intoxicate themselves with opium and then arm themselves with a dagger and attempt to kill all they meet.

MUCK, verb transitive To manure with muck