- mule chest,
- mule deer,
- mule skinner,
- mule spinning,
- mule train
Origin of mule1
Origin of mule2
Examples from the Web for mule
He weighed only 185 pounds, but he had killer instincts and rabbit quickness and the stamina of a mule.Football Great Bob Suffridge Wanders Through the End Zone of Life|Paul Hemphill|September 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He took the left one and, with a pile driver of a mule kick, almost ripped it off its hinges.The Night the SEALS Captured the Butcher of Fallujah|Patrick Robinson|November 11, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Those players called Robinson “Mule” because he worked them hard as pack animals.Eddie Robinson, College Football’s Winningest Coach|Samuel G. Freedman|August 23, 2013|DAILY BEAST
In some places we want cows but not bison, or mule deer but not coyotes, or cars but not elk.Why Do We Save Some Species and Let Others Get Devastated?|Melissa Holbrook Pierson|May 21, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Steadily, our gunman pushed forward, his mule high-stepping through brush.
It would be a sad alternative—as both the mule and the dog were looked upon more in the light of companions than slaves.The Boy Hunters|Captain Mayne Reid
I heard about the 40 acres of land and a mule the ex-slaves would get after the war, but I didn't pay any attention to it.
A mule can beat you at that: 'Be ye not as the mule, which have no understanding.'Expositions of Holy Scripture|Alexander Maclaren
I thought of Aristotle, who denied the existence of a mule because it was neither a horse nor an ass.A Preface to Politics|Walter Lippmann
The gates of the palace were open, so I descended from my mule and entered, and lo!George Cruikshank's Omnibus|George Cruikshank
Word Origin for mule
Word Origin for mule
"offspring of donkey and horse," from Old English mul, Old French mul "mule, hinny" (12c., fem. mule), both from Latin mulus (fem. mula) "a mule," probably from a pre-Latin Mediterranean language.
The mule combines the strength of the horse with the endurance and surefootedness of the ass, and is extensively bred for certain employments for which it is more suited than either; it is ordinarily incapable of procreation. With no good grounds, the mule is a proverbial type of obstinacy. [OED]
Properly, the offspring of a he-ass and a mare; that of a she-ass and a stallion is technically a hinny. Used allusively of hybrids and things of mixed nature. As a type of spinning machine, attested from 1797 (so called because a hybrid of distinct warp and woof machines). Meaning "obstinate, stupid, or stubborn person" is from 1470s; that of "narcotics smuggler or courier" first attested 1935.
"loose slipper," 1560s, from Middle French mule, from Latin mulleus calceus "red high-soled shoe," worn by Roman patricians, from mullus "red" (see mullet (n.1)). Related: Mules.
see stubborn as a mule.