American star

noun Heraldry. Unabridged


2 [muhl-it]
noun Heraldry.
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.

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

"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).

"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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