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moly1

[moh-lee]
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noun, plural mo·lies. Classical Mythology.
  1. an herb given to Odysseus by Hermes to counteract the spells of Circe.
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Origin of moly1

< Latin mōly < Greek môly

moly2

[mol-ee]
noun Informal.
  1. molybdenum.
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Origin of moly2

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Examples from the Web for moly

Historical Examples

  • A plant of moly is in his hand; and this will be the antidote to Circe's philter.

    Studies of the Greek Poets (Vol I of 2)

    John Addington Symonds

  • Moly,” the gods call it, and very hard it is for mortal man to find.

    Stories of the Old world

    Alfred John Church

  • Moly seems to have been Allium moly, one of the onion or garlic family.

    The Romance of Plant Life

    G. F. Scott Elliot

  • The Colonel did not mean hay; he meant asphodels and amaranth and moly.

    Hildegarde's Harvest

    Laura E. Richards

  • Where, then, is a foreign word like moly, which might have reached Homer?

    Custom and Myth

    Andrew Lang


British Dictionary definitions for moly

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
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Word Origin

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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