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mull

(of soils, usually in woodlands) having no raw humus layer and usually having a high population of earthworms.
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"No," replied Dr Mull quite simply; "and yet that is just what I mean by saying you are unjust to him after all.
I opened my mouth to speak, but Mull went on in oblivion of me, speaking out of the cavern of his hands.
But Mull swears it is the solemn fact that the lawyer, after shaking his knotted fists in the air for an instant, simply ran from the room and never reappeared in the countryside; and since then Exmoor has been feared more for a warlock than even for a landlord and a magistrate.
Now Dr Mull told his story with rather wild theatrical gestures, and with a passion I think at least partisan.
"Father Brown," he said, "Doctor Mull informs me that you have come here to make a request.
I was awakened by a cry from Mull, who was also by this time at the Duke's side.
He was none of your flippant young fellows, who would call for a tankard of mulled ale, and make themselves as much at home as if they had ordered a hogshead of wine; none of your audacious young swaggerers, who would even penetrate into the bar--that solemn sanctuary--and, smiting old John upon the back, inquire if there was never a pretty girl in the house, and where he hid his little chambermaids, with a hundred other impertinences of that nature; none of your free-and-easy companions, who would scrape their boots upon the firedogs in the common room, and be not at all particular on the subject of spittoons; none of your unconscionable blades, requiring impossible chops, and taking unheard-of pickles for granted.
While these mulls came in a variety of shapes, the most common were ram's horns mounted in silver or pewter.
LAHORE -- Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) is mulling to tight its grip on non-filers as revenue watchdog mulls to hike transfer fee of for those who haven't filed tax returns yet.
The Mulls were the first husband-wife team on active duty with USDA ever to be deployed together to Afghanistan, where they worked side by side with farmers and others.