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molly1

[mol-ee]
noun, plural mol·lies.
  1. any of certain livebearing freshwater fishes of the genus Mollienisia, popular in home aquariums.
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Origin of molly1

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

molly2

[mol-ee]
noun, plural mol·lies.
  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.
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Origin of molly2

First recorded in 1955–60; formerly a trademark

Molly

[mol-ee]
noun
  1. a female given name, form of Mary or Milicent.
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  • And Molly Abrahamson used to warn him to keep out of her father's way.

  • Matt Abrahamson's daughter Molly had had a baby who had died a month or so before.

  • 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

  • To Molly, the road home was like a dark passage full of formless fears.

    Meadow Grass

    Alice Brown


British Dictionary definitions for molly

molly1

noun plural -lies
  1. any brightly coloured tropical or subtropical American freshwater cyprinodont fish of the genus Mollienisia
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Word Origin

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

molly2

noun plural -lies
  1. Irish informal an effeminate, weak, or cowardly boy or man
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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."

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Molly

fem. proper name, a familiar form of Mary.

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