headless mule

[ hed-lis myool ]
/ ˈhɛd lɪs ˈmyul /

noun

a ghostly creature of Brazilian legend that is said to have been a woman who fornicated with a priest and is now condemned to gallop about as a headless mule with fire spewing from its neck: The headless mule rampages through the town on moonless nights.

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Origin of headless mule

First recorded in 1945–50
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