Mule Definition

myo͝ol
mules
noun
mules
The hybrid offspring of a donkey and a horse; esp., the offspring of a jackass and a mare: mules are nearly always sterile.
Webster's New World
A hybrid animal, as the offspring of a canary and some other finch; esp., a sterile hybrid.
Webster's New World
A machine for drawing and spinning cotton fibers into yarn and winding the yarn on spindles.
Webster's New World
A small tractor or electric engine used to tow boats along a canal or move mine cars.
Webster's New World
A stubborn person.
Webster's New World
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Other Word Forms of Mule

Noun

Singular:
mule
Plural:
mules

Origin of Mule

  • From Middle English (reinforced by Anglo-Norman mul (masculine), mule (feminine)), from Old English mÅ«l, all from Latin mÅ«lus, from Proto-Indo-European *mukslós (compare Late Latin muscellus 'young he-mule', Old Russian mÅ­Å¡kÅ­ 'mule', Ancient Greek (Phocian) mychlós 'he-ass').

    From Wiktionary

  • Probably French slipper possibly from Middle Dutch muil ultimately from Latin mulleus (calceus) reddish-purple (ceremonial shoe)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French mule (“slipper"), from Latin mulleus calceus (“red shoe"), from mullus (“red").

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English from Old French mul and from Old English mūl both from Latin mūlus

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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