Mule(ml), n. [F., a she-mule, L. mula, fem. of mulus; cf. Gr. my`klos, mychlo`s. Cf. AS. ml, fr. L. mulus. Cf. Mulatto.] 1. (Zol.) A hybrid animal; specifically, one generated between an ass and a mare. Sometimes the term is applied to the offspring of a horse and a she-ass, but that hybrid is more properly termed a hinny. See Hinny.
Mules are much used as draught animals. They are hardy, and proverbial for stubbornness.
(Bot.) A plant or vegetable produced by impregnating the pistil of one species with the pollen or fecundating dust of another; -- called also
3. A very stubborn person.
4. A machine, used in factories, for spinning cotton, wool, etc., into yarn or thread and winding it into cops; -- called also
5. A slipper that has no fitting around the heel.
Syn. -- mules, scuff, scuffs.
(Zol.), a long-eared armadillo
(Tatusia hybrida), native of Buenos Ayres; -- called also
mulita. See Illust. under Armadillo. --
(Zol.), a large deer (Cervus macrotis syn. Cariacus macrotis) of the Western United States. The name refers to its long ears. --
(Mach.), an idle pulley for guiding a belt which transmits motion between shafts that are not parallel. --
Mule twist, cotton yarn in cops, as spun on a mule; -- in distinction from yarn spun on a throstle frame.
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