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A chiefly marine fish that is widely caught for food.
- ‘I would also row the dinghy out to set the net off the point to catch mullet or other fish cruising the coastline or I would just row out in the dinghy to fish with a hand line.’
- ‘However it appears to work much better than any conventional tactics for thin-lipped grey mullet.’
- ‘There was a definite lightness of touch to the grilled red mullet fillets too.’
- ‘On the coast you saltwater fly fishers can expect to catch bass, mullet, garfish, flounders and mackerel.’
- ‘At Christchurch I have seen this method produced some good bags of the thin-lipped mullet.’
- ‘A mullet is a fish that tastes horrid and very few people like them.’
- ‘Add red mullet and sauté on one side for 30 seconds to brown.’
- ‘As I sipped my breakfast tea, fish gathered below the decking, possibly mullet but posing like koi carp.’
- ‘Similarly large lateral forces relative to thrust force have been observed in trout (Drucker and Lauder, in preparation), mullet, and danio.’
- ‘To serve, arrange the red mullet fillets on four warmed plates and spoon the mushrooms over or alongside them.’
Late Middle English: from Old French mulet, diminutive of Latin mullus red mullet from Greek mullos..
A star with five (or more) straight-edged points or rays, as a charge or a mark of cadency for a third son.
- ‘The mullet (star) represents the Lone Star of Texas and is surmounted by a sunburst symbolizing the Philippine Unit Commendation in World War II.’
- ‘The mullet, or star, is indicative of the upward surging spirit.’
- ‘He stated the mullet/star is the basic symbol of the Scottish clan DOUGLAS.’
Late Middle English: from Old French molette rowel diminutive of meule millstone from Latin mola grindstone.
A man's hairstyle in which the hair is cut short at the front and sides and left long at the back.
- ‘They all had a variety of hair styles; mullets, colored Mohawks, long shaggy hair, sleek spikes.’
- ‘"There's talk of a league forming," says Chan, who is wearing a mullet wig.’
- ‘And at the end of the book he thought a blonde mullet and moustache was a good disguise.’
- ‘He's not bad looking but is sporting a mullet, singlet and silver chain.’
- ‘In every school yearbook picture Mullet had had a mullet.’
- ‘The mullet, that dodgy haircut with short top and long back (aka business in the front, party at the back), is making a comeback.’
- ‘Joni sports a mid-range wrestler mullet and a purple wrestling suit to match it.’
- ‘I'm going to drink nothing but warm Budweiser, cut my hair into a mullet and turn my living room into a replica of Nassau Coliseum, complete with strobe and laser lights and bad acoustics.’
- ‘So, I had to wonder - what the hell is the deal with men wearing mullets and tight jeans?’
- ‘They parade in their t-shirts with sunset prints on them, whilst fluffing their mullet haircuts.’
- ‘With that name, do you think he wears a mullet?’
- ‘The fashion conscious would not hesitate in answering - they have all sported a mullet hairstyle.’
- ‘He has an obscene amount of muscles and an unfortunate shaggy mullet hairstyle.’
- ‘Bott possesses a mean mullet haircut and a talent for sharpie dancing, amongst other dubious pursuits.’
- ‘Fordham earned the Viking tag largely thanks to his large frame, fuzzy beard and a remarkably coiffured lengthy brown mullet hairstyle.’
- ‘Al had a heart-shaped face and mullet haircut peppered gray at the temples.’
- ‘Midweek nightlife includes live singing to a karaoke track by a stout lady with a blonde mullet.’
- ‘My only consolation is that everyone else is displaying equally questionable coiffures - mullets and blond highlights seemed to be the look of the late 80s Somerset Sixth Form student.’
- ‘Anyone with that blonde mullet should keep a low profile.’
- ‘Georges' wife, who works for a successful editor, is concerned: not least for their monosyllabic son, Pierrot, a young swimming champ who sports an unlikely curly mullet.’
1990s: of unknown origin.
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