mooncalf

[moon-kaf, -kahf]
noun, plural moon·calves.
  1. a congenitally grossly deformed and mentally defective person.
  2. a foolish person.
  3. a person who spends time idly daydreaming.

Origin of mooncalf

First recorded in 1555–65; moon + calf1
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mooncalf

noun plural -calves (-ˌkɑːvz)
  1. a born fool; dolt
  2. a person who idles time away
  3. obsolete a freak or monster
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Word Origin and History for moon-calf
n.

also mooncalf, "abortive, shapeless, fleshy mass," 1560s, attributed to the influence of the moon; from moon (n.) + calf (n.). In later 16c., "deformed creature, monster."

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