muffler

[muhf-ler]
noun
1.
a scarf worn around one's neck for warmth.
2.
any of various devices for deadening sound, as the sound of escaping gases of an internal-combustion engine.
3.
anything used for muffling.
4.
Armor. a mittenlike glove worn with a mail hauberk.

Origin:
1525–35; muffle + -er1

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muffler (ˈmʌflə)
 
n
1.  a thick scarf, collar, etc
2.  (US), (Canadian) Also called (in Britain and certain other countries): silencer any device designed to reduce noise, esp the tubular device containing baffle plates in the exhaust system of a motor vehicle
3.  something that muffles

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muffler
1530s as a kind of scarf, from muffle; as an automobile exhaust system silencer, it is attested from 1895.
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