- (Received Pronunciation, General American) IPA(key): /mjuːl/
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- Rhymes: -uːl
- Homophone: mewl
From Middle English [Term?] (reinforced by Anglo-Norman mul (masculine), mule (feminine)), from Old English mūl, all from Latin mūlus, from Proto-Indo-European *mukslós (compare Late Latin muscellus (“young he-mule”), Old East Slavic мъшкъ (mŭškŭ, “mule”), Ancient Greek (Phocian) μυχλός (mukhlós, “he-ass”)).
mule (plural mules)
- The generally sterile male or female hybrid offspring of a male donkey and a female horse.
- 2017, Robert S. McPherson, Cowboying In Canyon Country, Dog Ear Publishing, →ISBN, page 200:
- One day he ran into a herd of a half dozen elk, so he rode his mule down the canyon three or four miles, leaving the sheep alone.
- The generally sterile hybrid offspring of any two species of animals.
- 1922, Onnie Warren Smith, The Book of the Pike, page 187:
- It would be exceedingly interesting to know if the hybrid would reproduce, a matter I deem exceedingly doubtful, for the chances are it would prove a "mule" (infertile).
- (dated) A hybrid plant.
- 1837, William Herbert, Amaryllidaceæ: Preceded by an Attempt to Arrange the Monocotyledonous Orders, and Followed by a Treatise on Cross-bred Vegetables, and Supplement, page 353:
- The most extraordinary mule, however, that is asserted to have been produced on the Continent, is a cross between the cabbage and horse-radish, which Monsieur Sageret reports that he has obtained […]
- (informal) A stubborn person.
- 2005, Dorothea Benton Frank, Isle of Palms, Penguin, →ISBN:
- "Where in the hell do you think I learned to be such a mule?”
- (slang) A person paid to smuggle drugs.
- 2007, Thomas G. Blacklock, Safe Zone: A Novel Approach to the Drug War, Xlibris Corporation, →ISBN, page 44:
- “Yeah, in Denver, we know about Uriarte's involvement in meth. Our Las Cruces office seized over six hundred pounds of methamphetamine from two of his mules last year.”
- (numismatics) A coin or medal minted with obverse and reverse designs not normally seen on the same piece, either intentionally or in error.
- 1988, Andrew Burnett, The Normanby hoard and other Roman coin hoards, British Museum Publications:
- What is less clear, however, is why mint workers should have chosen to produce mules, if they were making forgeries […]
- (role-playing games) A MMORPG character, or NPC companion in a tabletop RPG, used mainly to store extra inventory for the owner's primary character.
- 2007, David L. McClard, Verotopia Online: The MMORPG of the Century, Xlibris, →ISBN, page 89:
- He was in the middle of organizing his massive stash of rare and exquisite bounty, all kept safely in the inventory cache of a mule, an entirely separate character which he paid a monthly fee to maintain exclusively for that purpose.
- For more examples of usage of this term, see Citations:mule.
- Any of a group of cocktails involving ginger ale or ginger beer, citrus juice, and various liquors.
- (sailing) A kind of triangular sail for a yacht.
- 1974, Yachting, volume 135, page 60:
- In heavier seas where a boat must sail a course dictated by waves, or where wave action makes power more important than pointing, the mule will prove the faster sail.
- A kind of cotton-spinning machine.
- (transitive, slang) To smuggle (illegal drugs).
- 2000, Arturo Longoria, Keepers of the Wilderness:
- There are many drug lords, each with his own corridor (think of it as a franchise of sorts) funneling narcotics into Texas. There are multifold methods of transport. The old, and still viable, way is to "mule" it across the Rio Grande in a small boat.
- 2004, William Glenn, The Sailor's Death:
- Thornton was supposed to mule it back to the States from one of the ports he stopped in, give it to Maxwell and Ames, and get the second half of a quarter-million.
mule (plural mules)
mule f (plural mules)
- plural of
- mule in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition, 1883–1887)
- Swedish: mule
- inflection of :
- mule in Polish dictionaries at PWN