from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The typical genus of Mullidæ, whose best-known species is the mullus of the ancients, now known as the red mullet or surmullet, M. surmuletus.
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- n. type genus of the Mullidae: goatfishes
Sorry, no etymologies found.
Anchovy is interesting as perhaps from the Basque word _antzua_, meaning dry; hence the dried fish; and mullet is from the Latin _mullus_.
It is recorded that a mullus (sea barbel), weighing but eight pounds, sold for eight thousand sesterces.
Fish were the chief object of the Roman epicures, of which the _mullus_, the _rhombus_, and the _asellus_ were the most valued.