mutton

1 [muht-n]
noun
the flesh of sheep, especially full-grown or more mature sheep, used as food.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English moton sheep < Old French < Celtic; compare MIr molt, Welsh mollt, Breton maout wether

muttony, adjective
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mutton

2 [muht-n]
noun Printing.
em ( def 2 ).
Also called mut.


Origin:
1935–40; code term, coined to differentiate the pronunciation of em quad from en quad

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mutton (ˈmʌtən)
 
n
1.  the flesh of sheep, esp of mature sheep, used as food
2.  mutton dressed as lamb an older woman dressed up to look young
3.  printing another word for em Compare nut
 
[C13 moton sheep, from Old French, from Medieval Latin multō, of Celtic origin; the term was adopted in printing to distinguish the pronunciation of em quad from en quad]
 
'muttony
 
adj

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mutton
"flesh of sheep used as food," late 13c., from O.Fr. moton "ram, wether, sheep" (Fr. mouton), from M.L. multonem (8c.), probably from Gaulish *multo-s, acc. of *multo (cf. O.Ir. molt "wether," Mid-Breton mout, Welsh mollt). Transf. slang sense of "food for lust, loose women, prostitutes" (1510s) led
to extensive British slang uses down to the present day for woman variously regarded as seeking lovers or as lust objects.
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Example sentences
Well, they certainly aren't chewing many leftover mutton bones anymore.
Nothing else but this food, except an occasional change to broiled mutton.
Instead, you may be offered imitation bear's paw made from mutton pushed into a
  paw-shaped mould.
The next morning they returned for a breakfast of mutton and ham.
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