from The Century Dictionary.

  • In orchestral or band music, a direction to the player on an instrument such as the horn, the trumpet, the timpani, etc., to alter the pitch of his instrument by changing the crooks or the tension.

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  • noun Alternative form of mootah.


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  • The scope for misuse is profound and equal in scale to the fixed-term muta marriages that are a cover for prostitution.

    The Times of India

  • Thus, sure of being a senator, I dare say you do not propose to be one of the pedarii senatores, et pedibus ire in sententiam; for, as the House of Commons is the theatre where you must make your fortune and figure in the world, you must resolve to be an actor, and not a persona muta, which is just equivalent to a candle snuffer upon other theatres.

    Letters to his son on The Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman

  • It was a come-on; the women identified the men as foreigners, and knew it was unlikely that the men would call the muta’awa, the religious police.

    Out With the Boys for a Night of Numbering - The Lede Blog -

  • Among the reptiles, the crocodile Crocodylus acutus and the giant river turtle Podocnemis lewyana are critically endangered; more common are the bushmaster snake Lachesis muta, the caiman Caiman sclerops, the iguana Iguana iguana, the boa Boa constrictor, the tortoise Geochelone carbonaria, and the lizard Tupinambis nigropunctatus.

    Magdalena-Urabá moist forests

  • The more ferocious snakes here include fer-de-lance Bothrops asper, coral snake Micrurus spp., boa constrictor Boa constrictor, palm pit-viper Bothriechis spp. and bushmaster Lachesis muta.

    Canaima National Park, Venezuela

  • This is the preliminary stage through which everyone must pass, but a philosopher, and a divine philosopher (hakim muta™allih) at that, must go beyond this stage in pursuit of the quest for reality.

    Mulla Sadra

  • Idris Hani (2000), Ma˜ ba˜d al-rushdiyya: Mulla Sadra ra™id al-hikma al-muta˜aliya (Beirut: al-Ghadir).

    Mulla Sadra

  • The more ferocious snakes that occur here include fer-de-lance (Bothrops asper), coral snakes (Micrurus spp.), boa constrictors (Boa constrictor), and bushmasters (Lachesis muta).


  • The snakes include the anaconda Eunectes murinus, fer-de-lance Bothrops asper, palm pit-vipers Bothriechis spp., coral snakes Micrurus spp., the bushmaster Lachesis muta and boa constrictor Boa constrictor.

    Central Amazonian Conservation Complex, Brazil

  • Of these species, 53 are snakes, including the lethal bushmaster (Lachesis muta), three species of pit viper (Bothrops spp.), boa constrictors (Boa constrictor) and emerald tree boas (Carallus caninus).

    Napo moist forests


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