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mūla , ae (
I.abl. plur. mulabus: “data et vehicula cum mulabus ac mulionibus,Capitol. Ver. 5; Tert. Uxor. 2, 8; Prisc. p. 733 P.), f. mulus, a she-mule; also, in gen., a mule (used instead of horses for drawing carriages or bearing litters): “ex asino et equā mula gignitur,Plin. 8, 44, 69, § 171; Juv. 7, 181.—She-mules bear no young, Plin. l. l. § “173. Hence: mulae partus a te prolatus est: res mirabilis propterea, quia non saepe fit,Cic. Div. 2, 22, 49; cf. id. ib. 1, 18, 36: “hoc monstrum fetae conparo mulae,Juv. 13, 66.—Hence, prov.: cum mula peperit, when a mule foals, i. e. never, Suet. Galb. 4.
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