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A plant of the genus Valentia.

MUG'WORT, n. [Sax. mugwyrt.]

A plant of the genus Artemisia.

MU-LAT'TO, n. [Sp. mulato, that is, muled, of a mixed breed, from mulo, L. mulus, a mule; Fr. mulatre.]

A person that is the offspring of a negress by a white man, or of a white woman by a negro.

MUL'BER-RY, n. [Sw. mulbär; G. maulbeere.]

The berry or fruit of a tree of the genus Morus.


The tree which produces the mulberry.

MULCH, n. [Heb. מלח, to dissolve.]

Half-rotten straw. Bailey.

MULCT, n. [L. mulcta or multa.]

A fine imposed on a person guilty of some offense or misdemeanor, usually a pecuniary fine.

MULCT, v.t. [L. mulcto; Fr. mulcter.]

To fine; to punish for an offense or misdemeanor by imposing a pecuniary fine. Bacon.


Fined; punished by a pecuniary fine.


Imposing a pecuniary penalty. Overbury.

MULE, n. [Sp. and It. mulo; L. mulus; Sax. mul; D. muil or muilezel; G. maulesel; Sw. mulåsne; Dan. mule; Fr. id.; Arm. mules; Ir. muile; W. mul. The latter signifies a mule, and bashful, simple.]

  1. A quadruped of a mongrel breed, usually generated between an ass and a mare, sometimes between a horse and a she-ass. But the name is applied to any animal produced by a mixture of different species. Encyc.
  2. A plant or vegetable produced by impregnating the pistil of one species with the farin or fecundating dust of another. This is called also a hybrid. Encyc. Martyn.
  3. An instrument used in spinning.


One who spins on a mule.

MU-LE-TEER', n. [It. mulattiere; Fr. muletier.]

A mule driver.


A plant of the genus Hemionitis.

MU-LI-EB'RI-TY, n. [from L. muliebris, from mulier, a woman.]

Womanhood; the state of being a woman; a state in females corresponding to virility in man; also, effeminacy; softness.

MU'LIER, n. [L.]

In law, lawful issue born in wedlock, thought begotten before. Encyc.


Like a mule; sullen; stubborn.

MUL'ISH-LY, adv.

Stubbornly, like a mule.

MULL, n.1

In Scottish, a snuff-box, made of the small end of a horn. [Obs.] Cumberland.

MULL, n.2

Dust. [Not in use.] Gower.

MULL, v.t. [qu. L. mollio, to soften, or W. mwll, warm, or Sp. mullir, to beat.]

  1. To soften; or to heat, sweeten and enrich with spices; as, to mull wine. Drink new cider, mull'd with ginger warm. Gay.
  2. To dispirit or deaden. Shak.

MUL'LEN, n. [Old Fr. molene; probably so named from the root of L. mollis, soft. So in German, wollkraut, woolplant.]

A plant of the genus Verbascum.

MUL'LER, n. [Fr. moliere, mollette; L. molaris, from mola, a mill-stone.]

  1. A stone hold in the hand with which colors and other matters are ground on another stone; used by painters and apothecaries. Bailey. Encyc.
  2. An instrument used by glass-grinders, being a piece of wood with the piece of glass to be ground cemented to one end, either convex in a basin, or concave in a sphere or bowl. Encyc.

MUL'LET, n. [Fr. mulet, a mullet, and a great mule; Gr. μυλλος; L. mullus.]

A fish of the genus Mugil. The lips are membranaceous; the inferior one carinated inward; it has no teeth, and the body is of a whitish color. This fish frequents the shore, and roots in the sand like a hog. It is an excellent fish for the table. Encyc.


A twisting of the intestines; sullenness. [A low word.]