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dumb

[AS.]
Lacking the power or faculty to speak; mute.

dumb

mute. Commonly said of animals generally but their capacity for vocal communication makes it necessary on occasion to mute the mute. See devocalization.
References in classic literature ?
If she were not dumb and could defend herself, her innocence would be proved.
Then the dumb man called to him in a great voice and said, "Welcome, brother; come and sit while there is still some of the feast left and a little Malmsey in the pottle.
Marry," quoth Robin, laughing, and weighing the flask in his hands ere he drank, "methinks it is no more than seemly of you all to be glad to see me, seeing that I bring sight to the blind, speech to the dumb, hearing to the deaf, and such a lusty leg to a lame man.
It were much more seemly, methinks, if yon Dumb man, who hath a sweet voice, would give us a song.
Down went the Dumb man, and away flew his cudgel from his hand as he fell.
no: but here thou beholdest even in a dumb brute, the instinct of the knowledge of the demonism in the world.