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mull1 / məl/ • v. [tr.] think about (a fact, proposal, or request) deeply and at length: she began to mull over the various possibilities. mull2 • v. [tr.] [usu. as adj.] (mulled) warm (a beverage, esp. wine, beer, or cider) and add spices and sweetening to it: a tankard of mulled ale. mull3 • n. Soil Science humus formed under nonacid conditions. mull4 • n. thin, soft, plain muslin, used in bookbinding for joining the spine of a book to its cover.

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Mull, island, 351 sq mi (909 sq km), Argyll and Bute, NW Scotland, largest island of the Inner Hebrides, separated from the mainland by the Sound of Mull and the Firth of Lorn. The land is mountainous, rising from the deeply indented coast line to 3,169 ft (966 m) at Ben More. Mull has gardens and farms. Tobermory, a summer resort, is the chief town. Several medieval castles still stand.

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mull A type of surface humus horizon that is chemically neutral or alkaline in reaction, that is well aerated, and that provides generally favourable conditions for the decomposition of organic matter. Mull humus is well decomposed and intimately mixed with mineral matter. It forms a ground-surface layer in deciduous forest and is typical of brown earths.

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mull A type of surface humushorizon that is chemically neutral or alkaline in reaction, well aerated, and provides generally favourable conditions for the decomposition of organic matter. Mull humus is well decomposed and intimately mixed with mineral matter. It forms a ground surface layer in deciduous forest and is typical of brown earths.

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mull Type of surface humus soil horizon that is chemically neutral or alkaline in reaction, that is well aerated, and that provides generally favourable conditions for the decomposition of organic matter. Mull humus is well decomposed and intimately mixed with mineral matter.

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mull A well-aerated, fertile, surface soil that is rich in organic material mixed with mineral matter by the activity of animals (especially earthworms). Animal and vegetable material is not recognizable microscopically (Compare MOR).

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mull3 (sl.) muddle, mess. XIX. perh. f. (dial.) mull pulverize, crumble (XV), f. mull dust, ashes (XIV) — (M)Du. mul, mol (see MULLOCK).

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mull2 make (wine, beer, etc.) into a hot drink with sugar, spices, etc. XVII (mulled sack). of unkn. orig.

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mull1 promontory. XIV. cf. Gael. maol, Icel. múli (perh. identical with múli snout).

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mullannul, cull, dull, gull, hull, lull, mull, null, scull, skull, Solihull, trull, Tull •seagull • multihull • monohull •numbskull • Elul

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