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  1. any of various oceanic birds, as the fulmar or albatross.
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Also mallemuck, mol·ly·moke

Origin of mollymawk

1685–95; < Dutch mallemok, equivalent to malle, variant of mal foolish + mok < Norwegian mak mew2
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Historical Examples

  • He also came upon a mollymawk rookery on the south-western point of the island, and managed to take one of the birds by hand.

    The Home of the Blizzard

    Douglas Mawson

British Dictionary definitions for mollymawk


  1. NZ an informal name for mallemuck
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