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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
1350-1400; Middle English molet < Old French molete rowel of a spur, equivalent to mole millstone (French meule) + -ette -ette
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mullet1

/ˈmʌlɪt/
noun
1.
any of various teleost food fishes belonging to the families Mugilidae (grey mullet) or Mullidae (red mullet) See also grey mullet, red mullet
2.
the US name for grey mullet
Word Origin
C15: via Old French from Latin mullus, from Greek mullos

mullet2

/ˈmʌlɪt/
noun
1.
a hairstyle in which the hair is short at the top and long at the back
Word Origin
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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