Mull


Mull

Mull could refer to:
*Mull, an Anglicization of the Gaelic "Maol", is a term for a rounded hill, summit, or mountain, bare of trees (it has also been used, in Gaelic, to refer to a forehead, or to a shaved head). As an adjective, the word is used to indicate something which is bare, dull, or bald. In Scotland, the term is most commonly found in use in the southwest of the country, where it is often applied to headlands or promontories, and, often more specifically, for the tip of that promontory or peninsula. Gaelic spelling rules require that maol, in certain syntactical arrangements, be lenited: that is, an "h" is inserted after the first letter, if the first letter is a consonant (and not an l, n, or r). This h makes the preceding consonant silent, or changes its sound (mh, or bh, for instance, are silent or sound like an English v). Gaelic spelling rules also require that, with the first letter lenited, the last vowel should be slender (an i, or an e). As both vowels in maol are broad, an i is inserted after. These two changes alter the sound of maol (rhymes with mull) to mhaoil (rhymes with uell, or well), as in "Creachmhaoil" (creach + maol). Consequently, maol, where it appears combined in place names, may not be Anglicized as "mull". Creachmhaoil is typically Anglicized (as a toponym) as Craughwell. The reverse is also true, and though "mull" appears in numerous Irish and Scottish toponyms [http://www.traveljournals.net/explore/ireland/locations/m/27.html] , a convoluted history of Anglicizations means that in many it may have no connection to the word maol. The Gaelic mullach (often found as mullagh) is a variation of maol/mull. Dwelly's (Scottish) Gaelic-to-English dictionary gives the basic definition: "the top, summit, or extremity of anything". It is common in the names of Irish prominences, such as Mullaghmore ("An Mullach Mór"), Mullaghaneany, Mullaghcloga, and Mullaghcarn. Notable mulls include:
**The Mull of Kintyre
**The Mull of Galloway
**The Mull of Oa, otherwise simply the Oa, a headland on Islay
**The Mull of Cara, a promontory at the south of Cara Island
**The Mull of Logan, a promontory on the Rhins of Galloway
**Mull Head, a headland on the Orkney Mainland
**Creachmhaoil in County Galway, in Ireland.

*The Isle of Mull, a Scottish island in the Inner Hebrides has a different derivation from the Gaelic maol.
*A mull is a technique of preparing a solid for infrared spectroscopy, where it is ground to a paste with an oil, such as liquid paraffin or mineral oil, and sandwiching the resultant paste between two sodium chloride plates.
*To "mull" something over is to think about something deeply.
*To "mull" a drink means to warm it, and a mull is a hot mixed drink generally based on wine (usually red) and flavoured with herbs and spices, such as mulled wine.
*Mull, the main antagonist of "".
*Mull is also a surgical cotton material.


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  • Mull — (aus mittelniederdt.: mul „lockerer Humusboden“, „Staub“) steht für: Mull (Humusform) Maulwurf, regionale, volkstümliche Bezeichnung Das Wort findet sich auch bei anderen, ökologisch einem Maulwurf ähnlich lebenden Arten wieder, die systematisch… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Mull — puede hacer referencia a: un término geográfico escocés que designa a una península o a la extremidad de dicha península (p.ej.: el Mull of Kintyre o el Mull of Galloway); Mull, una isla de Escocia; el mull, un tipo de humus; Mull, una película… …   Wikipedia Español

  • mull — məl vt to grind or mix thoroughly (as in a mortar): PULVERIZE <the alloy, after removal from the amalgamator, was mulled in the palm of the hand (Jour. of Amer. Dental Assoc.)> mull n 1) a soft fine sheer fabric of cotton, silk, or rayon 2) …   Medical dictionary

  • mull — mull·ite; mull·i·ti·za·tion; mull; mull·er; …   English syllables

  • mull — Ⅰ. mull [1] ► VERB (mull over) ▪ think about at length. ORIGIN origin uncertain. Ⅱ. mull [2] ► VERB ▪ warm (wine or beer) and add sugar and spices to it …   English terms dictionary

  • Mull — Mull, n. [Icel. m[=u]li a snout, muzzle, projecting crag; or cf. Ir. & Gael. meall a heap of earth, a mound, a hill or eminence, W. moel. Cf. {Mouth}.] 1. A promontory; as, the Mull of Cantyre. [Scot.] [1913 Webster] 2. A snuffbox made of the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Mull — Mull, v. i. To work (over) mentally; to cogitate; to ruminate; usually with over; as, to mull over a thought or a problem. [Colloq. U.S.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Mull — Mull, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Mulled} (m[u^]ld); p. pr. & vb. n. {Mulling}.] [From mulled, for mold, taken as a p. p.; OE. mold ale funeral ale or banquet. See {Mold} soil.] 1. To heat, sweeten, and enrich with spices; as, to mull wine. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mull — [ mʌl ] verb transitive mull over phrasal verb to think carefully about something over a period of time: They ll need time to mull over the proposals …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Mull — Sm feines Baumwollgewebe erw. obs. (18. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus ne. mull, das seinerseits aus ne. mulmull gekürzt ist. In dieser Form ist es entlehnt aus i. malmal Mousselin .    Ebenso nndl. mul, ne. mull, nschw. moll. ✎ Ganz (1957), 147;… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache


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