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Date: 1400-1500
Origin: Perhaps from Latin mappa 'cloth (for cleaning)'

mop

1 noun
     
Related topics: Cleaning
mop1 [countable]
1DHC a thing used for washing floors, consisting of a long stick with threads of thick string or a piece of sponge fastened to one end:
a mop and bucket
2 a thing used for cleaning dishes, consisting of a short stick with a piece of sponge fastened to one end
3 [usually singular] informalHBH a large amount of thick, often untidy hair
mop of
He ran a hand through his mop of fair hair.

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