mule

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
mule1 /myul/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. Veterinary Diseases, Animal Husbandryan animal produced by a female horse and a male donkey:A mule is sterile and cannot produce offspring.
  2. Informal Termsa stubborn person.
  3. Slang Termsa person paid to carry illegal goods, esp. drugs, for a smuggler.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
mule1  (myo̅o̅l),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Veterinary Diseases, Animal Husbandrythe sterile offspring of a female horse and a male donkey, valued as a work animal, having strong muscles, a body shaped like a horse, and donkeylike long ears, small feet, and sure-footedness. Cf.  hinny 1.
  2. Animal Husbandryany hybrid between the donkey and the horse.
  3. Informal Termsa very stubborn person.
  4. Botanyany sterile hybrid.
  5. Slang Termsa person paid to carry or transport contraband, esp. drugs, for a smuggler.
  6. Rail Transporta small locomotive used for pulling rail cars, as in a coal yard or on an industrial site, or for towing, as of ships through canal locks.
  7. TextilesAlso called  spinning mule. a machine for spinning cotton or other fibers into yarn and winding the yarn on spindles.
  8. Nauticala large triangular staysail set between two masts and having its clew set well aft.
  9. Currency[Numis.]a hybrid coin having the obverse of one issue and the reverse of the succeeding issue, or vice versa.
  10. Birds[Biol.]a hybrid, esp. one between the canary and some other finch.
  • Latin mūlus (masculine)
  • Latin mūla mule (feminine); replacing Old English mūl
  • Old French
  • Middle English bef. 1000

mule2  (myo̅o̅l),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Clothinga lounging slipper that covers the toes and instep or only the instep.
  2. a woman's shoe resembling this.
  • Middle Dutch mūle
  • Middle English: sore spot on the heel, chilblain, perh. 1350–1400

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
mule /mjuːl/ n
  1. the sterile offspring of a male donkey and a female horse, used as a beast of burden
  2. any hybrid animal: a mule canary

  3. Also called: spinning mule a machine invented by Samuel Crompton that spins cotton into yarn and winds the yarn on spindles
  4. informal an obstinate or stubborn person
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French mul, from Latin mūlus ass, mule
mule /mjuːl/ n
  1. a backless shoe or slipper
Etymology: 16th Century: from Old French from Latin mulleus a magistrate's shoe
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