One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A genus of velvet ants (family Mutillidae); (also mutilla) a velvet ant of this genus.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in George Shaw (1751–1813), natural historian. From scientific Latin Mutilla, genus name (Linnaeus Systema Naturae (ed. 10, 1758) I. 582), of unknown origin.
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