moly

1
[moh-lee]

Origin of moly

1
< Latin mōly < Greek môly

moly

2
[mol-ee]
noun Informal.
  1. molybdenum.

Origin of moly

2
by shortening
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moly

noun plural -lies
  1. Greek myth a magic herb given by Hermes to Odysseus to nullify the spells of Circe
  2. a liliaceous plant, Allium moly, that is native to S Europe and has yellow flowers in a dense cluster

Word Origin for moly

C16: from Latin mōly, from Greek mōlu
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Word Origin and History for moly
n.

1570s, fabulous magical herb with white flowers and black root, given by Hermes to Odysseus as protection against Circe's sorcery, of unknown origin.

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