Mutton bird
Mutton Mut"ton, n. [OE. motoun, OF. moton, molton, a sheep, wether, F. mouton, LL. multo, by transposition of l fr. L. mutilus mutilated. See {Mutilate}.] 1. A sheep. [Obs.] --Chapman. [1913 Webster]

Not so much ground as will feed a mutton. --Sir H. Sidney. [1913 Webster]

Muttons, beeves, and porkers are good old words for the living quadrupeds. --Hallam. [1913 Webster]

2. The flesh of a sheep. [1913 Webster]

The fat of roasted mutton or beef. --Swift. [1913 Webster]

3. A loose woman; a prostitute. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

{Mutton bird} (Zo["o]l.), the Australian short-tailed petrel ({Nectris brevicaudus}).

{Mutton chop}, a rib of mutton for broiling, with the end of the bone at the smaller part chopped off.

{Mutton fish} (Zo["o]l.), the American eelpout. See {Eelpout}.

{Mutton fist}, a big brawny fist or hand. [Colloq.] --Dryden.

{Mutton monger}, a pimp. [Low & Obs.] --Chapman.

{To return to one's muttons}. [A translation of a phrase from a farce by De Brueys, revenons [`a] nos moutons let us return to our sheep.] To return to one's topic, subject of discussion, etc. [Humorous] [1913 Webster]

I willingly return to my muttons. --H. R. Haweis. [1913 Webster]


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  • mutton bird — any of several long winged seabirds, often used as food, esp. Puffinus tenuirostris (short tailed shearwater) of Australia and Puffinus griseus (sooty shearwater), which breeds in the Southern Hemisphere and winters in the Northern Hemisphere.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • mutton-bird — /ˈmʌtn bɜd / (say mutn berd) noun 1. any of various species of petrel, the chicks of which are commercially harvested for their oil, feathers and flesh, especially the short tailed shearwater, Puffinus tenuirostris. 2. king mutton bird, the sooty …   Australian English dictionary

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  • mutton bird — noun Any of various seabirds whose flesh is said to taste like mutton when cooked, especially Puffinus griseus, Puffinus tenuirostris, or a petrel of the genus Pterodroma. The oil he sprayed on his customers was derived from the oil glands of… …   Wiktionary

  • mutton bird — noun a shearwater or petrel of the southern oceans. [Puffinus tenuirostris and other species.] Origin C19: because when cooked, the flesh of some species resembles mutton in flavour …   English new terms dictionary

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  • Mutton Bird Island — This article is about the island in Australia. For the islands in New Zealand, see Titi / Muttonbird Islands. Mutton Bird Island is an irregularly shaped island, with an area of 44 ha, in south eastern Australia. Its highest point is 40 m asl. It …   Wikipedia

  • South East Mutton Bird Islet — is a steep islet, with an area of 0.52 ha, in south eastern Australia. Its highest point is 22 m asl. It is part of the Mutton Bird Island Group, lying close to the southern end of the south western coast of Tasmania. It is also part of the… …   Wikipedia

  • South West Mutton Bird Islet — is a dome shaped islet, with an area of 0.52 ha, in south eastern Australia. Its highest point is 28 m asl. It is part of the Mutton Bird Island Group, lying close to the southern end of the south western coast of Tasmania. It is also part of the …   Wikipedia

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