1. (Zoöl.) A hybrid animal; specifically, one generated between an ass and a mare, sometimes a horse
and a she-ass. See Hinny.
Mules are much used as draught animals. They are hardy, and proverbial for stubbornness.
2. (Bot.) A plant or vegetable produced by impregnating the pistil of one species with the pollen or
fecundating dust of another; called also hybrid.
3. A very stubborn person.
4. A machine, used in factories, for spinning cotton, wool, etc., into yarn or thread and winding it into
cops; called also jenny and mule-jenny.
Mule armadillo (Zoöl.), a long- eared armadillo (Tatusia hybrida), native of Buenos Aires; called
also mulita. See Illust. under Armadillo. Mule deer (Zoöl.), a large deer (Cervus, or Cariacus,
macrotis) of the Western United States. The name refers to its long ears. Mule pulley (Mach.), an
idle pulley for guiding a belt which transmits motion between shafts that are not parallel. Mule twist,
cotton yarn in cops, as spun on a mule; in distinction from yarn spun on a throstle frame.
(Mule"-jen`ny) n. See Mule, 4.
(Mu`le*teer") n. [F. muletier, fr. mulet a mule, dim. fr. L. mulus.] One who drives mules.
(Mule"wort`) n. (Bot.) A fern of the genus Hemionitis.
Muley axle (Railroad), a car axle without collars at the outer ends of the journals. Forney.
(Mu"ley) n. (Sawmills) A stiff, long saw, guided at the ends but not stretched in a gate.
(Mul"ey) n. See Mulley.
(Mu`li*eb"ri*ty) n. [L. muliebritas, fr. muliebris belonging to a woman, fr. mulier a woman.]
1. The state of being a woman or of possessing full womanly powers; womanhood; correlate of virility.
2. Hence: Effeminancy; softness.
(||Mu"li*er) n. [L., a woman.]
1. A woman.
2. (Law) (a) Lawful issue born in wedlock, in distinction from an elder brother born of the same parents
before their marriage; a lawful son. (b) (Civ. Law) A woman; a wife; a mother. Blount. Cowell.
(Mu"li*er*ly), adv. In the manner or condition of a mulier; in wedlock; legitimately. [Obs.]
(Mu"li*er*ose`) a. [L. mulierosus.] Fond of woman. [R.] Charles Reade.
(Mu`li*er*os"i*ty) n. [L. mulierositas.] A fondness for women. [R.] Dr. H. More.
(Mu"li*er*ty) n. (Law) Condition of being a mulier; position of one born in lawful wedlock.
(Mul"ish) a. Like a mule; sullen; stubborn. Mul"ish*ly, adv. Mul"ish*ness, n.
(Mull) n. [Perh. contr. fr. mossul. See Muslin.] A thin, soft kind of muslin.
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