Stables, but properly a place for hawks on the moult. The
muette was an edifice in a park where the officers of venery lodged,
and which was fitted up with dog-kennels, stables, and hawkeries. They
were called muettes from mue, the slough of anything; the
antlers shed by stags were collected and kept in these enclosures. (Lacombe: Dictionnaire Portatif des Beaux-Arts.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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