mule's ears

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Noun1.mule's ears - balsamic-resinous herb with clumps of lanceolate leaves and stout leafy stems ending in large deep yellow flowers on long stalks; northwestern United States
wild flower, wildflower - wild or uncultivated flowering plant
genus Wyethia - coarse leafy perennial plants resembling sunflowers found especially in the western United States
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Mountain men believed that the mule's ears accounted for its great sense of balance on narrow trails.
Some old-time mountain men believed that the mule's ears also account for her great sense of balance on narrow trails--that the long ears serve the same function as the pole carried by high-wire acrobats.
A rider who watches his mule's ears will have otherwise unnoticed wildlife, people, and other things of interest pointed out to him.