mullet

Definitions

  • Yours Respectful, Hannah Mullet
    Yours Respectful, Hannah Mullet
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n mullet bottom dwelling marine warm water fishes with two barbels on the chin
    • n mullet freshwater or coastal food fishes a spindle-shaped body; found worldwide
    • n mullet highly valued lean flesh of marine or freshwater mullet
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The word "mullet" describes a hairstyle worn, particularly in the southern USA, which is characterized by short hair on the top and sides, with very long hair in the back.
    • n Mullet (Her) A star, usually five pointed and pierced; -- when used as a difference it indicates the third son.
    • Mullet (Zoöl) Any one of numerous fishes of the genus Mugil; -- called also gray mullets. They are found on the coasts of both continents, and are highly esteemed as food. Among the most valuable species are Mugil capito of Europe, and Mugil cephalus which occurs both on the European and American coasts.
    • Mullet (Zoöl) Any species of the genus Mullus, or family Mullidæ; called also red mullet, and surmullet, esp. the plain surmullet (Mullus barbatus), and the striped surmullet (Mullus surmulletus) of Southern Europe. The former is the mullet of the Romans. It is noted for the brilliancy of its colors. See Surmullet.
    • n Mullet Small pinchers for curling the hair.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n mullet A fish of the genus Mugil or of the family Mugilidæ. Of the true mullets the genus Mugil is the type. The characteristics are —a nearly cylindrical body covered with large scales; six branchiostegal rays; head convex above; the scales large; the muzzle short; an angular rise in the middle of the lower jaw, which fits into a corresponding hollow in the upper; and ciliiform teeth. The best-known species is the common gray mullet or great mullet (M. capito), found round the shores of the British islands, and in particular abundance in the Mediterranean. It grows to the length of from 12 to 20 inches, and exceptionally to nearly 3 feet. It is of a bottle-green color on the back, light on the sides, which are marked with longitudinal bands, and of a silvery white underneath. It frequents shallow water, and in spring and early summer often ascends rivers. It has the habit of rooting in the mud or sand in search of food. Another species, also known as the gray mullet (M. cephalus), a native of the Mediterranean, is distinguished by having its eyes half covered by an adipose membrane. It weighs usually from 10 to 12 pounds, and is the most delicate of all the mullets. A smaller species, the thick lipped gray mullet (M. chelo), is common on the British coasts. Many other species, natives of the Mediterranean, India, and Africa, are much esteemed as food.
    • n mullet A surmullet, or fish of the family Mullidæ.
    • n mullet The white sucker or red-horse, Moxostoma macrolepidota.
    • n mullet One of various fishes of the family Catostomidæ and Cyprinidæ in the United States.
    • n mullet One of various species of the family Scianidæ and genus Mentieirrus along the coast of the United States.
    • n mullet The rowel of a spur.
    • n mullet In heraldry, a star-shaped figure having sometimes five, sometimes six points. It is thought to represent the rowel of a spur, but this is more particularly suggested by the mullet pierced (see below). The mullet is one of the common marks of cadency, and is taken to indicate the third son. Also astroid and molette.
    • n mullet plural Small tongs or pincers, especially those used for curling the hair.
    • n mullet Apogon imberbis, a Mediterranean fish.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Mullet mul′et a genus of fishes nearly cylindrical in form, highly esteemed for the table.
    • n Mullet mul′et the rowel of a spur:
    • n Mullet mul′et (her.) a five-pointed star—a mark of cadency, indicating the third son.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. molet, mulet, F. mulet, fr. L. mullus,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. molette—L. mola, a mill.

Usage

In literature:

As we approached the campfire the loathsome odour of frying mullet saluted my nostrils.
"Police!!!" by Robert W. Chambers
Rub prepared mullets with seasoned flour and broil, basting with olive-oil as required.
"How to Cook Fish" by Olive Green
In the intense quiet the splash of leaping mullet sounded distinctly.
"In Search of the Unknown" by Robert W. Chambers
We landed somewhere and went up a river into Mullet Lake.
"Horses Nine" by Sewell Ford
There is a muddy sort of sand-bank, acting as a delta to the Mullet, just where it spreads from deep to shallow, and falls into the sea.
"The Complete Prose Works of Martin Farquhar Tupper" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
Sometimes an enormous radish was substituted for the mullet.
"The Carmina of Caius Valerius Catullus" by Caius Valerius Catullus
They are a cross inter four mullets pierced of the field.
"Notes and Queries, Number 180, April 9, 1853" by Various
Fish of many kinds were seen in the clear water, and their first success in the sporting way was the spearing of two fine mullet.
"Lost in the Forest" by R.M. Ballantyne
Our fishing was to be done mainly by trolling, and as soon as we had our bait, Colonel Shepard had a mullet on one of his approved squids.
"Down South" by Oliver Optic
Meanwhile Euergetes has returned, and from the forecastle comes the sputter of red mullet cooking.
"From a Cornish Window" by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
Worth all their trouble is the spoil retrieved, as the fish prove to be a species of mullet, each of them over six pounds in weight.
"The Land of Fire" by Mayne Reid
For had they not a good catch of golden mullet which would sell well?
"Saronia" by Richard Short
In the same way they fish the Melleha, referred to above, in which are a large number of mullet.
"The Caravan Route between Egypt and Syria" by Ludwig Salvator
Since way before what he called 'the big war' he and his people have eaten mullet and rice for the three fall months.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
Fry your mullet in it; when done, lay them on a warm dish.
"The Lady's Own Cookery Book, and New Dinner-Table Directory;" by Charlotte Campbell Bury
And they were as good to eat as a sardine and better than a mullet.
"Tales of Fishes" by Zane Grey
As a matter of fact, the mullet if it be what List.
"Cooking and Dining in Imperial Rome" by Apicius
I had ordered red mullet.
"The Strand Magazine, Volume V, Issue 25, January 1893" by Various
The white mullet, shad, and perch of the Altamaha are the most excellent animals that ever went in water.
"Records of Later Life" by Frances Ann Kemble
They're so confiding and mullet-headed they don't take notice of nothing at all.
"The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain
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In news:

Mike Ricciardi/Contributed photo A hungry snook scatters a school of finger mullet at Sebastian Inlet.
All the defendants are members of Mullet 's settlement that he founded near the West Virginia panhandle.
Mullet 's attorney, Ed Bryan, maintained that the government had not shown that Mullet was at the center of the attacks.
Jim Sutton's fishing report: Mullet run ramps thing up.
In honor of the "Whatever Weekend" Here is a picure of Kid rocking a sweet mullet from back in the day.
County fair debuts mullet contest.
Magendanz, Mullet lead in 5th District primary vote.
It's always been cool to have a mullet , right.
Annual Beach Pub Mullet Toss soars Sunday.
The Beach Pub, 1668 I St, is proud to announce its next annual Mullet Toss, benefitting Rev.
Gabriella will be at the benefit this weekend, as well as possibly Lou and Tim wearing MULLETS .
Flora-Bama's Mullet Toss draws visitors from across the country (photos from day one).
Enlarge Dennis Pillion dpillion@al.com Fairhope's Kaleigh Phillips, 10, makes her throw at the 28th Annual Interstate Mullet Toss at the Flora-Bama Lounge.
Enlarge Dennis Pillion dpillion@al.com Bria Papia, Jessica Miller and Ashlee Carpentier are the top three in Friday's Miss Mullet bikini contest during the 28th Annual Interstate Mullet Toss at the Flora-Bama April 27, 2012.
Enlarge Dennis Pillion dpillion@al.com The newly-renovated Flora-Bama Lounge will host the 28th Annual Interstate Mullet Toss this weekend in Perdido Key.
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In science:

Nielsen J, Landauer TK. A mathematical model of the finding of usability problems. In: Ashlund S, Mullet K, Henderson A, Hollnagel E, White T, editors.
Usability testing: a review of some methodological and technical aspects of the method
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