(?), n. [OE. motoun, OF. moton, molton, a sheep, wether, F. mouton, LL. multo, by transposition of l fr. L. mutilus mutilated. See Mutilate.] 1. A sheep. [Obs.] Chapman.
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Not so much ground as will feed a mutton.
Sir H. Sidney.
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Muttons, beeves, and porkers are good old words for the living quadrupeds.
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2. The flesh of a sheep.
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The fat of roasted mutton or beef.
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3. A loose woman; a prostitute. [Obs.]
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Mutton bird (Zol.), the Australian short-tailed petrel (Nectris brevicaudus). -- Mutton chop, a rib of mutton for broiling, with the end of the bone at the smaller part chopped off. -- Mutton fish (Zol.), the American eelpout. See Eelpout. -- Mutton fist, a big brawny fist or hand. [Colloq.] Dryden. -- Mutton monger, a pimp. [Low & Obs.] Chapman. -- To return to one's muttons. [A translation of a phrase from a farce by De Brueys, revenons nos moutons let us return to our sheep.] To return to one's topic, subject of discussion, etc. [Humorous]
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I willingly return to my muttons.
H. R. Haweis.
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