Mickle \Mic"kle\ (m[i^]k"k'l), a. [OE. mikel, muchel, mochel, mukel, AS. micel, mycel; akin to OS. mikil, OHG. mihil, mihhil, Icel. mikill, mykill, Goth. mikils, L. magnus, Gr. me`gas, gen. mega`loy; cf. Skr. mahat. [root]103. Cf. {Much}, {Muckle}, {Magnitude}.] Much; great. [Written also {muckle} and {mockle}.] [Old Eng. & Scot.] ``A man of mickle might.'' --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

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