American star



2 .
a starlike charge having five points unless a greater number is specified, used especially as the cadency mark of a third son.
noun
any of various teleost food fishes belonging to the families Mugilidae (grey mullet) or Mullidae (red mullet) See also grey mullet, red mullet
the US name for grey mullet
noun
a hairstyle in which the hair is short at the top and long at the back
n.

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.” Cf. also mallet-headed, in reference to the flat tops of chisels meant to be struck with a mallet.

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