Mute

An undertaker's servant, who stands at the door of a person lying in state: so named from being supposed mute with grief.
v. to dung (used of birds)Variants: meuted, ppEtymology: Old French mutir esmeutir esmeltir, (Littré); of Teutonic origin, cp u. smelten, to smelt, liquefy; cp. Italian smaltare, to mute as a hawk. Cf. Amellen