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mull3

[muhl] /mʌl/
noun
1.
a soft, thin muslin.
Origin of mull3
1790-1800
1790-1800; earlier mulmul < Hindi malmal

Mull

[muhl] /mʌl/
noun
1.
an island in the Hebrides, in W Scotland. About 351 sq. mi. (910 sq. km).
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British Dictionary definitions for mull's

mull1

/mʌl/
verb
1.
(transitive) often foll by over. to study or ponder
Word Origin
C19: probably from muddle

mull2

/mʌl/
verb
1.
(transitive) to heat (wine, ale, etc) with sugar and spices to make a hot drink
Derived Forms
mulled, adjective
Word Origin
C17: of unknown origin

mull3

/mʌl/
noun
1.
a light muslin fabric of soft texture
Word Origin
C18: earlier mulmull, from Hindi malmal

mull4

/mʌl/
noun
1.
a layer of nonacidic humus formed in well drained and aerated soils Compare mor
Word Origin
C20: from Danish muld; see mould³

mull5

/mʌl/
noun
1.
(Scot) a promontory
Word Origin
C14: related to Gaelic maol, Icelandic múli

Mull

/mʌl/
noun
1.
a mountainous island off the west coast of Scotland, in the Inner Hebrides, separated from the mainland by the Sound of Mull. Chief town: Tobermory. Pop: 2667 (2001). Area: 909 sq km (351 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for mull's

mull

v.

"ponder," 1873, perhaps from a figurative use of Middle English mullyn "grind to powder, pulverize," from molle "dust, ashes, rubbish" (c.1300), probably from Middle Dutch mul "grit, loose earth," related to mill (n.1). But Webster's (1879) defined it as "to work steadily without accomplishing much," which may connect it to earlier identical word in athletics sense of "to botch, muff" (1862). Related: Mulled; mulling.

"sweeten, spice and heat a drink," c.1600, of unknown origin, perhaps from Dutch mol, a kind of white, sweet beer, or from Flemish molle a kind of beer, and related to words for "to soften." Related: Mulled; mulling.

n.

"promontory" (in Scottish place names), late 14c., perhaps from Old Norse muli "a jutting crag, projecting ridge (between two valleys)," which probably is identical with muli "snout, muzzle." The Norse word is related to Old Frisian mula, Middle Dutch mule, muul, Old High German mula, German Maul "muzzle, mouth." Alternative etymology traces it to Gaelic maol "brow of a hill or rock," also "bald," from Old Celtic *mailo-s (cf. Irish maol, Old Irish máel, máil, Welsh moel).

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