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From obsolete Maul (“mule”) + Tier (“animal”). The former from Middle High German and Old High German mūl, from Latin mulus. Explanatory compound to distinguish from unrelated Maul (“snout, muzzle”). Cognate with Dutch muil (“mule”).
- mule (offspring of a male donkey and female horse)
- Coordinate term: Maulesel (“hinny”)
- (loosely) mule (hybrid offspring of a donkey and a horse regardless of their genders)
- Synonym: Muli
Declension of Maultier [neuter, strong]