EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin mōly, from Ancient Greek μῶλυ (mōlu) (probably a loanword).

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NounEdit

moly (plural molies)

  1. A magic herb or plant used by Odysseus to overcome Circe.
    • 1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, II.4.1.iii:
      It excels Homers moly, cures this, falling sickness, and almost all other infirmities.
    • 1980, Walter Shrewing, trans. Homer, The Odyssey, Oxford 1998, p.120:
      So spoke the Radiant One; then gave me the magic herb, pulling it from the ground and showing me in what form it grew; its root was black, its flower milk-white. Its name among the gods is moly.
  2. Any plant associated with the mythological moly, especially the European allium, Allium moly.

HungarianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From a Slavic language, compare Czech mol.

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NounEdit

moly (plural molyok)

  1. moth

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Last modified on 18 October 2013, at 18:47