MUSSUCK to MUSTEES
MUSSUCK, s. The leathern waterbag, consisting of the entire skin of a large goat, stript of the hair and
dressed, which is carried by a bhishti (see BHEESTY). Hind. mashak, Skt. masaka.
[1610.Mussocke. See under RUPEE.
[1751.7 hands of Musuk (probably meaning Bhistis).In
Yule, Hedges Diary, Hak. Soc. II. xi.]
1842.Might] it not be worth while to try the experiment of
having mussucks made of waterproof cloth in England ?Sir G. Arthur, in Ind. Adm. of Lord Ellenborough,
MUSSULMAN, adj. and s. Mahommedan. Muslim, resigning or submitting (sc. oneself to God), is
the name given by Mahommed to the Faithful. The Persian plural of this is Muslimân, which appears to
have been adopted as a singular, and the word Musliman or Musalman thus formed. [Others explain it
as either from Ar. pl. Muslimin, or from Muslim-man, like a Muslim, the former of which is adopted by
Platts as most probable.]
1246.Intravimus terram Biserminorum. Isti homines linguam Comanicam loquebantur, et adhuc
loquuntur ; sed legem Sarracenorum tenent.Plano Carpini, in Rec. de Voyages, &c. iv. 750.
por tres vezes, Lah, hilah, hilah, lah Muhamed roçol halah, o Massoleymoens e homes
justos da santa ley de Mafamede.Pinto, ch. lix.
1559.Although each horde (of Tartars) has its proper
name, e.g. particularly the horde of the Savolhensians
and many others, which are in truth Mahometans
; yet do they hold it for a grievous insult and reproach to be called and styled Turks ; they wish to be
styled Besermani, and by this name the Turks also desire to be styled.Herberstein, in Ramusio,
ii. f. 171.
[1568.I have noted here before that if any Christian will become a Busorman,
and be a
Mahumetan of their religion, they give him any gifts
A. Edward, in Hakl. i. 442.]
c. 1580.Tutti sopradetti
seguitano la fede de Turchi et alla Turchesca credono, ma si tegono a gran vergogna, e molto si corrociano lesser detti Turchi, secondo che all incontro godono desser Besurmani, cioè gete eletta,
chiamati.Descrittione della Sarmatia Evropea del magn. caval. Aless. Gvagnino, in Ramusio, ii. Pt.
ii. f. 72.
i Musulmani, cioè i salvati : che cosa pazzamente si chiamano fra di loro i maomettani.P.
della Valle, i. 794.
The precepts of the Moslemans are first, circumcision
Gabriel Sionita, in Purchas,
son infanterie dIndistannis Mansulmans, ou Indiens de la secte des Sonnis.De la
Boullaye-le-Gouz, ed. 1657, 233.
1673.Yet here are a sort of bold, lusty, and most an end, drunken
Beggars of the Musslemen Cast, that if they see a Christian in good clothes, mounted on a stately
are presently upon their Punctilios with God Almighty, and interrogate him, Why he suffers him
to go a Foot, and in Rags, and this Coffery (see CAFFER) (Unbeliever) to vaunt it thus ?Fryer,
1788.We escape an ambiguous termination by adopting Moslem instead of Musulman in the
plural number.Gibbon, pref. to vol. iv.
MUST, adj. Pers. mast, drunk. It is applied in Persia also, and in India specially, to male animals,
such as elephants and camels, in a state of periodical excitement.
[1882.Fits of Must differ in duration in different animals (elephants) ; in some they last for a few
weeks, in others for even four or five months.Sanderson, Thirteen Years, 3rd ed., 59.]
MUSTEES, MESTIZ, &c., s. A half-caste. A corruption of the Port. mestiço, having the same
meaning ; a mixling ; applied to human beings and animals born of a father and mother of different
species, like a mule (Bluteau) ; French, métis and métif. 1546.The Governor in honour of this great
action (the victory at Diu) ordered that all the mestiços who were in Dio should be inscribed in
the Book, and that pay and subsistence should be assigned to them,subject to the Kings confirmation.
For a regulation had been sent to India that no mestiço of India should be given pay or subsistence
: for, as it was laid down, it was their duty to serve for nothing, seeing that they had their houses and
heritages in the country, and being on their native soil were bound to defend it.Correa, iv. 580.
sight of whom as soon as they came, caused immediately to gather about them a number of the
natives, Moors in belief, and Negroes with curly hair in appearance, and some of them only swarthy, as
being mistiços.Barros, I. ii. 1.
che se sono nati qua di donne indiane, gli domandano
mestizi.Sassetti, in De Gubernatis, 188.
which was a Mestizo, that is halfe