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mullet

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[ muhl-it ]
/ ˈmʌl ɪt /
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noun, plural (especially collectively) mul·let, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) mul·lets.
any of several marine or freshwater, usually gray fishes of the family Mugilidae, having a nearly cylindrical body.
a goatfish.
a sucker, especially of the genus Moxostoma.
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Origin of mullet

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First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English molet, mulet, melet, from Old French mulet “red mullet,” from Latin mullus “red mullet,” from Greek mýllos, a kind of unidentified fish ; see -et

Other definitions for mullet (2 of 3)

mullet2
[ muhl-it ]
/ ˈmʌl ɪt /

noun Heraldry.
a starlike charge having five points unless a greater number is specified, used especially as the cadency mark of a third son.
Also mol·et [mol-it] /ˈmɒl ɪt/ .
Also called American star, Scottish star .

Origin of mullet

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First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English molet(te), from Old French molete “rowel of a spur,” equivalent to mole “millstone” (French meule ) + -ette diminutive suffix; see -ette

Other definitions for mullet (3 of 3)

mullet3
[ muhl-it ]
/ ˈmʌl ɪt /

noun
a hairstyle in which the hair is short in the front and at the sides of the head, and longer in the back.

Origin of mullet

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First recorded in 1990–95; perhaps by shortening of mullethead “blockhead, fool”; popularized and probably coined by U.S. hip-hop group the Beastie Boys
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British Dictionary definitions for mullet (1 of 2)

mullet1
/ (ˈmʌlɪt) /

noun
any of various teleost food fishes belonging to the families Mugilidae (grey mullet) or Mullidae (red mullet)See also grey mullet, red mullet
the US name for grey mullet

Word Origin for mullet

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

British Dictionary definitions for mullet (2 of 2)

mullet2
/ (ˈmʌlɪt) /

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

Word Origin for mullet

C20: origin unknown
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