from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. an earthworm, a maggot
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- A maggot.
From Middle English maddoc, from an unrecorded Old English form corresponding to Old Norse maðkr (whence dialectal English mawk, Danish madike, Swedish mask), originally a diminutive of the Proto-Germanic *maþô (“worm”) (whence Old English maþa), equivalent to made (“maggot”) + -ock. (Wiktionary)