molly

1
[ mol-ee ]
/ ˈmɒl i /
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noun, plural mol·lies.

any of certain livebearing freshwater fishes of the genus Mollienisia, popular in home aquariums.

Nearby words

  1. molluscum,
  2. molluscum contagiosum,
  3. mollusk,
  4. mollusks,
  5. mollweide projection,
  6. molly maguire,
  7. molly maguires,
  8. molly miller,
  9. mollycoddle,
  10. mollyhawk

Origin of molly

1
shortened from New Latin Mollienisia, irregular named after Count F.N. Mollien (1758–1850); see -ia

molly

2
[ mol-ee ]
/ ˈmɒl i /

noun, plural mol·lies.

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 of molly

2
First recorded in 1955–60; formerly a trademark

Molly

[ mol-ee ]
/ ˈmɒl i /

noun

a female given name, form of Mary or Milicent.
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British Dictionary definitions for molly

molly

1
/ (ˈmɒlɪ) /

noun plural -lies

any brightly coloured tropical or subtropical American freshwater cyprinodont fish of the genus Mollienisia

Word Origin for molly

C19: from New Latin Mollienisia, from Comte F. N. Mollien (1758–1850), French statesman

noun plural -lies

Irish informal an effeminate, weak, or cowardly boy or man

Word Origin for molly

C18: perhaps from Molly, pet name for Mary

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