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mullein

or mullen

[muhl-uh n] /ˈmʌl ən/
noun
1.
any of various plants belonging to the genus Verbascum, of the figwort family, native to the Old World, especially V. thapsus, a tall plant with woolly leaves and a dense spike of yellow flowers.
2.
any of several similar plants.
Origin of mullein
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English moleine < Anglo-French, perhaps derivative of mol soft < Latin mollis
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  • Her thoughts turned first to the legatee, and she pictured to herself Mrs. Smithers as mistress of mullen House and its splendors.

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  • Curry sent a twister over second that mullen could not get under.

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  • You've heard how madly fond of her old mullen became in his last days?

  • Wheeler, Willis and Larry went out in order, the first two on strikes and the latter on a grounder fielded by mullen.

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British Dictionary definitions for mullen

mullein

/ˈmʌlɪn/
noun
1.
any of various European herbaceous plants of the scrophulariaceous genus Verbascum, such as V. thapsus (common mullein or Aaron's rod), typically having tall spikes of yellow flowers and broad hairy leaves See also Aaron's rod
Word Origin
C15: from Old French moleine, probably from Old French mol soft, from Latin mollis
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Word Origin and History for mullen

mullein

n.

tall plant of the figwort family, mid-15c., from Anglo-French moleine (French moulaine), perhaps literally "the soft-leaved plant," from French mol "soft," from Latin mollis (see melt (v.))

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