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mooncalf

[ moon-kaf, -kahf ]
/ ˈmunˌkæf, -ˌkɑf /
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noun, plural moon·calves.

a congenitally grossly deformed and mentally defective person.
a foolish person.
a person who spends time idly daydreaming.

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Origin of mooncalf

First recorded in 1555–65; moon + calf1
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British Dictionary definitions for mooncalf

mooncalf
/ (ˈmuːnˌkɑːf) /

noun plural -calves (-ˌkɑːvz)

a born fool; dolt
a person who idles time away
obsolete a freak or monster
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