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mullet1

[muhl-it] /ˈmʌl ɪt/
noun, plural (especially collectively) mullet (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) mullets.
1.
any of several marine or freshwater, usually gray fishes of the family Mugilidae, having a nearly cylindrical body.
2.
a goatfish.
3.
a sucker, especially of the genus Moxostoma.
Origin of mullet1
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English mulet < Middle French < Latin mullus red mullet; see -et

mullet2

[muhl-it] /ˈmʌl ɪt/
noun, Heraldry.
1.
a starlike charge having five points unless a greater number is specified, used especially as the cadency mark of a third son.
Also, molet.
Also called American star, Scottish star.
Origin
1350-1400; Middle English molet < Old French molete rowel of a spur, equivalent to mole millstone (French meule) + -ette -ette
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  • Newcomb and Baker and mullet and Black began talking all together.

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  • "Hope you've got lots of patience, Alvin," observed mullet drily.

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  • If I wasn't charitable to that mullet girl I'd be talkin' yet.

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  • Miss mullet drooped a weary eyelid and sighed a hopeless sigh.

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  • Which terminated conversation in the mullet family for that evening.

    Mary-'Gusta Joseph C. Lincoln
  • And they were as good to eat as a sardine and better than a mullet.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
British Dictionary definitions for mullet

mullet1

/ˈmʌlɪt/
noun
1.
any of various teleost food fishes belonging to the families Mugilidae (grey mullet) or Mullidae (red mullet) See also grey mullet, red mullet
2.
the US name for grey mullet
Word Origin
C15: via Old French from Latin mullus, from Greek mullos

mullet2

/ˈmʌlɪt/
noun
1.
a hairstyle in which the hair is short at the top and long at the back
Word Origin
C20: origin unknown
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Word Origin and History for mullet
n.1

edible type of spiny-finned fish, mid-15c., from Anglo-French molett (late 14c.), Old French mulet, from Medieval Latin muletus, from Latin mulettus, from mullus "red mullet," from Greek myllos a marine fish, related to melos "black," from PIE *mel- "of darkish color" (see melanin).

n.2

"hairstyle short on top and long in back," 1996, perhaps from mullet-head "stupid, dull person" (1857). Also the name of a type of North American freshwater fish with a large, flat head (1866). The term in reference to the haircut seems to have emerged into pop culture with the Beastie Boys song "Mullet Head."

#1 on the side and don't touch the back
#6 on the top and don't cut it wack, Jack
[Beastie Boys, "Mullet Head"]
As a surname, Mullet is attested from late 13c., thought to be a diminutive of Old French mul "mule." Cf. also mallet-headed, in reference to the flat tops of chisels meant to be struck with a mallet.

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