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mule-fat

[myool-fat]
noun
  1. a composite shrub, Baccharis viminea, of California, having willowlike leaves and clustered flowers, growing in riverbeds.
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Origin of mule-fat

First recorded in 1930–35; so called from its being a source of food for mule deer
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