[ moh-lee ]
/ ˈmoʊ li /

noun, plural mo·lies. Classical Mythology.

an herb given to Odysseus by Hermes to counteract the spells of Circe.

Origin of moly

< Latin mōly < Greek môly

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[ mol-ee ]
/ ˈmɒl i /

noun Informal.

Origin of moly

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British Dictionary definitions for moly


/ (ˈməʊlɪ) /

noun plural -lies

Greek myth a magic herb given by Hermes to Odysseus to nullify the spells of Circe
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



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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