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EtymologyEdit

From earlier *molduis, from Proto-Indo-European *(h₂)moldus (soft, weak), from Proto-Indo-European *mel- (soft, weak, tender). Cognates include Latin mola, blandus, mortārium, Old Prussian maldai (boys), Old Church Slavonic младъ (mladŭ, young), Sanskrit मृदु (mṛdú, soft, mild, weak), Old Armenian մեղկ (mełk, soft, weak), Ancient Greek βλαδύς (bladús, weak) and ἀμαλδύνω (amaldúnō, to weaken, destroy). More at mild.

PronunciationEdit

  • (Classical) IPA(key): /ˈmol.lis/, [ˈmɔl.lɪs]
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AdjectiveEdit

mollis (neuter molle, comparative mollior, superlative mollissimus, adverb molliter); third-declension two-termination adjective

  1. soft, delicate to the touch
    • 405 CE, Jerome, Vulgate Matthaeus.11.8:
      sed quid existis videre hominem mollibus vestitum ecce qui mollibus vestiuntur in domibus regum sunt
      But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? behold, they that wear soft clothing are in kings' houses.
  2. pliant, flexible, supple
  3. mild, tender
    • 405 CE, Jerome, Vulgate Proverbia.15.1:
      responsio mollis frangit iram sermo durus suscitat furorem
      A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.
  4. tender, weak
  5. (New Latin) Used as a specific epithet.

DeclensionEdit

Third-declension two-termination adjective.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masc./Fem. Neuter Masc./Fem. Neuter
Nominative mollis molle mollēs mollia
Genitive mollis mollium
Dative mollī mollibus
Accusative mollem molle mollēs
mollīs
mollia
Ablative mollī mollibus
Vocative mollis molle mollēs mollia

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