MUSTER to MYDAN
MUSTER, s. A pattern, or a sample. From Port. mostra (Span. muestra, Ital. mostra). The word is
current in China, as well as India. See Wells Williamss Guide, 237.
c. 1444.Vierão as nossas Galés por commissão sua com algunas amostras de açucar da Madeira,
de Sangue de Drago, e de outras cousas.Cadamosta, Navegaçao primeira, 6.
they gave me a mostra of amomum, which I brought to Goa, and showed to the apothecaries here; and
I compared it with the drawings of the simples of Dioscorides.Garcia, f. 15.
Shewes of Gold. Old Transl. of Galvano, Hak. Soc. p. 83.
1612.A Moore came aboord with a
muster of Cloves.Saris; in Purchas, i. 357.
[161213.Mustraes. See under CORGE.]
bringing and receiving Musters.Fryer, 84.
Packing Stuff, Packing Materials, Musters.Quinquepartite
Indenture, in Charters of the E.I. Co., 325.
1727.He advised me to send to the King
I designed to trade with his Subjects
which I did, and in twelve Days received an Answer that I might, but
desired me to send some person up with Musters of all my Goods.A. Hamilton, ii. 200; [ed. 1744].
1760.He (the tailor) never measures you; he only asks master for muster, as he terms it, that is for
a pattern.Ives, 52.
1772.The Governor and Council of Bombay must be written to, to send round
Musters of such kinds of silk, and silk piece-goods, of the manufacture of Bengal, as will serve the market
of Surat and Bombay. Prices Travels, i. 39.
[1846.The above muster was referred to a party who
has lately arrived from
J. Agri. Hort. Soc., in Watt, Econ. Dict. vi. pt. ii. 601.]
MUTLUB, s. Hind. from Ar. matlab. The Ar. from talab, he asked, properly means a question, hence
intention, wish, object, &c. In Anglo-Indian use it always means purpose, gist, and the like. Illiterate
natives by a common form of corruption turn the word into matbal. In the Punjab this occurs in printed
books; and an adjective is formed, matbali, opinionated, and the like.
MUTT, MUTH, s. Skt. matha; a sort of convent where a celibate priest (or one making such profession)
lives with disciples making the same profession, one of whom becomes his successor. Buildings of this
kind are very common all over India, and some are endowed with large estates.
a Gosaeens Mut in the neighbourhood
Ras Mala, ed. 1878, p. 527.]
Order is celibate, and in a great degree erratic and mendicant, but has anchorage places and head-
quarters in the maths.Calc. Review, cxvii. 212.
MUTTONGOSHT, s. (i.e. Muttonflesh.) Anglo-Indian domestic Hind. for Mutton.
MUTTONGYE, s. Sea-Hind. matangai, a (nautical) martingale; a corruption of the Eng. word.
MUTTRA, n.p. A very ancient and holy Hindu city on the Jumna, 30 miles above Agra. The name is
Mathura, and it appears in Ptolemy as [Greek Text] Modoura h twn qewn. The sanctity of the name
has caused it to be applied in numerous new localities; see under MADURA. [Tavernier (ed. Ball, ii.
240) calls it Matura, and Bernier (ed. Constable, 66), Maturas.]
MUXADABAD, n.p. Ar.P. Maksudabad, a name that often occurs in books of the 18th century. It
pertains to the same city that has latterly been called Murshidabad, the capital
of the Nawabs of Bengal since the beginning of the 18th century. The town Maksudabad is stated by Tiefenthaler to have been
ded by Akbar. The Governor of Bengal, Murshid Kuli Khan (also called in English histories Jafier Khan), moved the seat of Government hither in 1704, and gave the place his own name: It is written
Muxudavad in the early English records down to 1760 (Sir W. W. Hunter).
[c. 1670.Madesou Bazarki, in Tavernier, ed. Ball, i. 132.]
1684.Dec. 26. In ye morning I
went to give Bulchund a visit according to his invitation, who rose up and embraced me when I came
near him, enquired of my health and bid me welcome to Muxoodavad.
Hedges, Diary, Hak. Soc. i.
17034.The first act of the Nuwab, on his return to Bengal, was to change the name of the city of
Makhsoosabad to Moorshudabad ; and by establishing in it the mint, and by erecting a palace
it the capital of the Province. Stewart, H. of Bengal, 309.
1727.Muxadabaud is but 12 miles from it (Cossimbazar), a Place of much greater Antiquity,