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mullet1

[muhl-it]
noun, plural (especially collectively) mul·let, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) mul·lets.
  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.
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Origin of mullet1

1400–50; late Middle English mulet < Middle French < Latin mullus red mullet; see -et

mullet2

[muhl-it]
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.
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Also molet.

Origin of mullet2

1350–1400; Middle English molet < Old French molete rowel of a spur, equivalent to mole millstone (French meule) + -ette -ette
Also called American star, Scottish star.
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  • Newcomb and Baker and Mullet and Black began talking all together.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine

    Joseph C. Lincoln

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

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine

    Joseph C. Lincoln

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

    Mary-'Gusta

    Joseph C. Lincoln

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

    Mary-'Gusta

    Joseph C. Lincoln

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

    Mary-'Gusta

    Joseph C. Lincoln


British Dictionary definitions for mullet

mullet1

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
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Word Origin

C15: via Old French from Latin mullus, from Greek mullos

mullet2

noun
  1. a hairstyle in which the hair is short at the top and long at the back
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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).

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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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