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molly1

[mol-ee] /ˈmɒl i/
noun, plural mollies.
1.
any of certain livebearing freshwater fishes of the genus Mollienisia, popular in home aquariums.
Origin of molly1
shortened from New Latin Mollienisia, irregular named after Count F.N. Mollien (1758-1850); see -ia

molly2

[mol-ee] /ˈmɒl i/
noun, plural mollies.
1.
a type of expansion bolt having a split, sleevelike sheath threaded at one end so that when inserted snugly into masonry the turning of the bolt draws the ends of the sheath together, thus spreading the sides.
Origin
First recorded in 1955-60; formerly a trademark

Molly

[mol-ee] /ˈmɒl i/
noun
1.
a female given name, form of Mary or Milicent.
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  • Matt Abrahamson's daughter molly had had a baby who had died a month or so before.

  • And molly Abrahamson used to warn him to keep out of her father's way.

  • I had to rap a second time before molly Wemple appeared to let me in.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • She broke the rich brown loaf in the middle, and divided a piece with molly.

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • molly, who did not know what it was all about, had no need to know.

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
British Dictionary definitions for molly

molly1

/ˈmɒlɪ/
noun (pl) -lies
1.
any brightly coloured tropical or subtropical American freshwater cyprinodont fish of the genus Mollienisia
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin Mollienisia, from Comte F. N. Mollien (1758–1850), French statesman

molly2

/ˈmɒlɪ/
noun (pl) -lies
1.
(Irish, informal) an effeminate, weak, or cowardly boy or man
Word Origin
C18: perhaps from Molly, pet name for Mary
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Word Origin and History for molly
n.

seabird, 1857, short for mollymawk, from Dutch mallemok, from mal "foolish" + mok "gull."

Molly

fem. proper name, a familiar form of Mary.

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