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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Approximately three hundred red mullet surface, their glassy eyes and mouths apparent on the water's surface.
▪ But they had nothing to do with cheap mullet.
▪ Entree choices like grilled red mullet or prawns, when available, should be taken advantage of.
▪ He lay there, frozen as a mullet, listening to the ceaseless roar of the wind.
▪ The mullet pick up speed and head in towards land cleverly putting us between them and the dolphins.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Mullet \Mul"let\, n. [F. molette.] (Her.) A star, usually five pointed and pierced; -- when used as a difference it indicates the third son.


Mullet \Mul"let\, n. [Cf. F. molet a sort of pinchers.] Small pinchers for curling the hair. [Obs.]
--B. Jonson.


Mullet \Mul"let\, n. [OE. molet, mulet, F. mulet, fr. L. mullus.]

  1. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of numerous fishes of the genus Mugil; -- called also gray mullets. They are found on the coasts of both continents, and are highly esteemed as food. Among the most valuable species are Mugil capito of Europe, and Mugil cephalus which occurs both on the European and American coasts.

  2. (Zo["o]l.) Any species of the genus Mullus, or family Mullid[ae]; called also red mullet, and surmullet, esp. the plain surmullet ( Mullus barbatus), and the striped surmullet ( Mullus surmulletus) of Southern Europe. The former is the mullet of the Romans. It is noted for the brilliancy of its colors. See Surmullet.

    French mullet. See Ladyfish (a) .

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

edible type of spiny-finned fish, mid-15c., from Anglo-French molett (late 14c.), Old French mulet, from Medieval Latin muletus, from Latin mulettus, from mullus "red mullet," from Greek myllos a marine fish, related to melos "black," from PIE *mel- "of darkish color" (see melanin).


"hairstyle short on top and long in back," 1996, perhaps from mullet-head "stupid, dull person" (1857). Also the name of a type of North American freshwater fish with a large, flat head (1866). The term in reference to the haircut seems to have emerged into pop culture with the Beastie Boys song "Mullet Head."#1 on the side and don't touch the back
#6 on the top and don't cut it wack, Jack
[Beastie Boys, "Mullet Head"]As a surname, Mullet is attested from late 13c., thought to be a diminutive of Old French mul "mule." Compare also mallet-headed, in reference to the flat tops of chisels meant to be struck with a mallet.


Etymology 1 n. 1 A fish of the family Mugilidae (the grey mullets). 2 A fish of the family Mullidae, especially the genus ''Mullus'', (the (vern red mullet pedia=1)s). Etymology 2

n. A fool Etymology 3

n. 1 A hairstyle where the hair is kept short on the top and sides and long at the back. 2 (context slang English) A person who mindlessly follows a fad, a trend, or a leader. Etymology 4

n. (context heraldiccharge English) A star with straight edges and usually with five or six points.

  1. n. highly valued lean flesh of marine or freshwater mullet [syn: gray mullet]

  2. freshwater or coastal food fishes a spindle-shaped body; found worldwide [syn: gray mullet]

  3. bottom dwelling marine warm water fishes with two barbels on the chin


Mullet may refer to:

Mullet (fish)

The mullets or grey mullets are a family (Mugilidae) and order of ray-finned fish found worldwide in coastal temperate and tropical waters, and in some species in fresh water. Mullets have served as an important source of food in Mediterranean Europe since Roman times. The family includes about 80 (at least 73) species in 17 genera, although half of the species are in just two genera (Liza and Mugil).

Mullets are distinguished by the presence of two separate dorsal fins, small triangular mouths, and the absence of a lateral line organ. They feed on detritus, and most species have unusually muscular stomachs and a complex pharynx to help in digestion.

Mullet (haircut)

The mullet is a hairstyle that is short at the front and sides and long in the back.

Mullet (film)

Mullet is an Australian film released in 2001, written and directed by David Caesar, and starring Ben Mendelsohn, Susie Porter and Andrew Gilbert.

Usage examples of "mullet".

Schools of tiny mullet and squid skipped this way and that in frenzied fear, snapped at by the fierce albacore below and the eager beaks of the birds.

The falukah was tossed this way and that, as if caught in a simoon, and he was rolled hither and yon in the company of Chud, Abdullah, and the headless mullet.

And the beards of the mullets that he ordered to be served were so large that they were brought on, in place of cress or parsley or pickled beans or fenugreek, in well-filled bowls and disk-shaped platters -- a particularly amazing performance.

The chef had done something interesting with mullet, sauteeing it in white wine and serving it up with a sauce of liquamen and garlic cloves baked in goose fat till they were soft and brown and tender.

I waited there until the mullet netter motored out of the basin and the marina was quiet.

For a day or two, spirits and segars muddled his brain, and so kept thoughts away: but within a while they came on him too piercingly, and Julian writhed beneath those scorpion stings of hot and keen remorse: and when the coast-guards dragged the Mullet, how that caitiff trembled!

Served with the roast kid was a silver-edged clay bowl of saffron rice, plus a dish of red couscous, a chicken tajine where the juices had been sweetened with honey and reduced to a sticky syrup, fried red mullet with marjoram, and fresh matlou bread, which Lady Nafisa asked Raf to break and portion out in order of precedence.

Lexi loved the sea urchins that lurked like dark black blobs in the sea, and she never seemed to tire of watching the mullet and bream and wrasse swimming lazily by beneath their dangling feet.

Mullet, relict of the late Sylvester Mullet, and mother of Toby and a bunch of daughters, assailed Clovis Sangrail on the outskirts of the village with a breathless catalogue of local happenings.

Miss Jane watched the mullet jump and the tarpon roll, and the silent herons flying up and down the river, and the huge old gator like a cypress log on the far bank.

Jennings had excelled herself: a terrine of leeks and prawns in a delicate sauce, red mullet with thyme, and raspberries and cream.

Half a bottle of Chambertin, a red mullet, or a pullet a la Marengo satisfy every need, but it is unwise to put pastry or cream upon the table, because he is as likely as not to eat it before the fowl.

An approving blat greeted his final guess, and the Tursiops flicked the mullet toward Hacker, who felt suddenly ravenous.

Crispinus to wheel his purse into the market for the purchase of a costlier mullet!

There were more dishes on the table now: broiled mullets braised in olive oil with pepper and wine, and lentils with parsnips cooked with herb sauce.