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[myoo-lee, moo l-ee] /ˈmyu li, ˈmʊl i/
(of cattle or deer) hornless; polled.
noun, plural muleys.
any cow.
Also, mulley.
Origin of muley
1565-75; variant of dial. moiley < Irish maol or Welsh moel bald, hornless + -ey1, -ey2 Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for muley
Historical Examples
  • His neck had muscle creases like the folds on the neck of a muley bull.

    Dwellers in the Hills Melville Davisson Post
  • The latter's pony was straining every muscle to overhaul the muley.

    The Pony Rider Boys in Texas

    Frank Gee Patchin
  • Grunty Pig did not even thank the muley Cow for warning him.

    The Tale of Grunty Pig Arthur Scott Bailey
  • I told him I was in search of the wise muley; he answered me that he was the man.

    The Oriental Story Book Wilhelm Hauff
  • "I never did have any use for sheep," Spot told the muley Cow.

  • "The muley Cow didn't say anything about your being invited," he blurted.

  • They had gone to rejoin the man whose voice had been heard calling “muley!”

    The Boy Slaves Mayne Reid
  • muley ran to assist him, while I stayed behind with the horse and camels.

    The Boy Slaves Mayne Reid
  • muley ran after to bring him out, and they were both drowned.

    The Boy Slaves Mayne Reid
  • A few of the farmyard folk were a bit jealous of the muley Cow.

    The Tale of the The Muley Cow Arthur Scott Bailey
British Dictionary definitions for muley


(of cattle) having no horns
any hornless cow
Word Origin
C16: variant of dialect moiley, from Gaelic maol, Welsh moel bald
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