1. [syn: mule deer, burro deer, Odocoileus hemionus]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Mule \Mule\ (m[=u]l), n. [F., a she-mule, L. mula, fem. of
mulus; cf. Gr. my`klos, mychlo`s. Cf. AS. m[=u]l, fr. L.
mulus. Cf. Mulatto.]
1. (Zool.) 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.
Note: Mules are much used as draught animals. They are hardy,
and proverbial for stubbornness.
2. (Bot.) A plant or vegetable produced by impregnating the
pistil of one species with the pollen or fecundating dust
of another; -- called also hybrid.
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 jenny and mule-jenny.
5. A slipper that has no fitting around the heel.
Syn: mules, scuff, scuffs.
Mule armadillo (Zool.), a long-eared armadillo (Tatusia
hybrida), native of Buenos Ayres; -- called also mulita.
See Illust. under Armadillo.
Mule deer (Zool.), a large deer (Cervus macrotis syn.
Cariacus macrotis) of the Western United States. The
name refers to its long ears.
Mule pulley (Mach.), an idle pulley for guiding a belt
which transmits motion between shafts that are not
Mule twist, cotton yarn in cops, as spun on a mule; -- in
distinction from yarn spun on a throstle frame.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: long-eared deer of western North America with two-pronged
antlers [syn: mule deer, burro deer, Odocoileus