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Originally the iterative form of an unattested verb *mazgt or mezgt, from Proto-Baltic *mazg-, from the o-grade form *mozg- of Proto-Indo-European *mezg- (to immerse). From the parallel stem *mask- some authors derive the word Moscow (Latvian Maskava). Cognates include Lithuanian mazgóti, Russian dialectal могза (mogza, blood), Polish mazgać to smear, Sanskrit मज्जति (májjati, to drown), Latin mergō (to immerse, to plunge) (< *mezgō).