noun \ˈmyül\

Definition of MULE

a :  a hybrid between a horse and a donkey; especially :  the offspring of a male donkey and a mare
b :  a self-sterile plant whether hybrid or not
c :  a usually sterile hybrid
:  a very stubborn person
:  a machine for simultaneously drawing and twisting fiber into yarn or thread and winding it into cops
slang :  a person who smuggles or delivers illicit substances (as drugs)

Origin of MULE

Middle English, from Anglo-French mul, from Latin mulus
First Known Use: 13th century

Other Animal Husbandry Terms

apiary, bantam, calico, girth, hogwash, mast, rut



Definition of MULE

:  a shoe or slipper without quarter or heel strap — compare scuff

Origin of MULE

Middle French, a kind of slipper, from Latin mulleus shoe worn by magistrates
First Known Use: 1562

Other Clothing Terms

babushka, brogue, bumbershoot, cravat, dishabille, furbelow, layette, raiment, spectator


noun \ˈmyü(ə)l\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of MULE

: a hybrid between a horse and a donkey; especially : the offspring of a male donkey and a mare


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Offspring of a male ass and a female horse. The less common cross of a female ass and a male horse is called a hinny. Most mules are sterile. The mule resembles the horse in height and in shape of neck and croup (rump); it resembles the ass in its long ears, small hooves, and short mane. The coat is usually brown or bay. Mules are 12–17.5 hands (50–70 in., 120–180 cm) high and weigh 600–1,500 lbs (275–700 kg). They have been used as pack animals for at least 3,000 years because of their ability to withstand hardships.


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