American star

noun, Heraldry.
1.
mullet2 .

mullet2

[muhl-it] /ˈmʌl ɪt/
noun, Heraldry.
1.
a starlike charge having five points unless a greater number is specified, used especially as the cadency mark of a third son.
Also, molet.
Also called American star, Scottish star.
Origin
1350–1400; Middle English molet < Old French molete rowel of a spur, equivalent to mole millstone (French meule) + -ette -ette
British Dictionary definitions for american-star
mullet1 (ˈmʌlɪt)
 
n
1.  grey mullet See also red mullet any of various teleost food fishes belonging to the families Mugilidae (grey mullet) or Mullidae (red mullet)
2.  the US name for grey mullet
 
[C15: via Old French from Latin mullus, from Greek mullos]

mullet2 (ˈmʌlɪt)
 
n
a hairstyle in which the hair is short at the top and long at the back
 
[C20: origin unknown]

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Word Origin and History for american-star
mullet
"edible, spiny-finned fish," c.1440, from Anglo-Fr. molett, from O.Fr. mulet, from M.L. muletus, from L. mulettus, from mullus "red mullet," from Gk. myllos a marine fish, related to melos "black" (see melanin).
mullet
"hairstyle short on top and long in back," 1996, perhaps from mullet-head "stupid, dull person" (1857), also the name of a type of U.S. 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 1275, thought to be a dim. of O.Fr. mul "mule."
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