mul·let | \ˈmə-lət \
plural mullet or mullets

Definition of mullet 

1 : any of a family (Mugilidae) of chiefly marine bony fishes with an elongate rather stout body — compare goatfish, red mullet

2 [ perhaps short for mullethead blockhead ] : a hairstyle in which the hair is short on the sides and top and long at the back

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The white mullet is especially vulnerable to cold weather kills because of its size and behavior. Dennis Pillion,, "Gulf Shores fish kill leaves locals holding their noses," 11 Jan. 2018 While most members of Korean boy groups are known for wearing their hair in ever-changing colors and styles like mullets and bowl cuts, BTOB's Peniel stands out as one of the only K-pop stars with a buzz cut. Devon Abelman, Allure, "K-Pop Star Peniel of BTOB Opens Up About His Struggle With Hair Loss Due to Alopecia," 12 June 2018 In Galveston Bay, only a few scattered of handfuls of dead fish, almost all of them mullet, spadefish or other small forage species have been reported. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Marine life, temperature warming back up," 6 Jan. 2018 Sheepshead are not fond of fish, so cut mullet or menhaden is not a prime choice. Frank Sargeant,, "Sheepshead time on the Alabama coast," 28 Mar. 2018 Lauren Biggers Courtesy The Houston Chronicle reported that Biggers used a mullet fish as bait for the catch. Matthew Martinez, star-telegram, "Watch this woman battle a 6-foot shark on a Texas beach — and reel it in," 10 July 2018 Live mullet or pogies are best for snook and mackerel. Mark Blythe,, "Cental Florida fishing forecast: June 25," 28 June 2018 The South In North Carolina, the Walking Fish CSF provides locally caught seafood like sea mullet and trigger fish to the Raleigh Durham area. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appetit, "The Best Way to Buy Sustainable Seafood? Support a Local Fishery," 21 June 2018 Her chocolate tart with peanut ice cream is draped with milk-chocolate ganache, resembling (to me) a chocolate mullet. Phil Vettel,, "Review: Anticipation for Pacific Standard Time pays off with wood-fired excellence," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of mullet

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mullet

Middle English molet, from Anglo-French mulet, from Latin mullus red mullet, from Greek myllos

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English Language Learners Definition of mullet

: a type of fish that lives in the ocean and is often eaten as food

: a hairstyle in which the hair is short on the top and sides and long in the back


mul·let | \ˈmə-lət \

Kids Definition of mullet

: any of various chiefly saltwater fishes some mostly gray ( gray mullets ) and others red or golden ( red mullets ) that are often used as food

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