molly

molly

[mol-ee]

Origin:
shortened from Neo-Latin Mollienisia, irregular named after Count F.N. Mollien (1758–1850); see -ia

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Molly

[mol-ee]
plural Mollies. Trademark.
a brand of expansion bolt having a split, sleevelike sheath threaded at one end so that when inserted snugly into masonry the turning of the bolt draws the ends of the sheath together, thus spreading the sides.

Molly

[mol-ee]
noun
a female given name, form of Mary or Milicent.
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molly1 (ˈmɒlɪ)
 
n , pl -lies
any brightly coloured tropical or subtropical American freshwater cyprinodont fish of the genus Mollienisia
 
[C19: from New Latin Mollienisia, from Comte F. N. Mollien (1758--1850), French statesman]

molly2 (ˈmɒlɪ)
 
n , pl -lies
informal (Irish) an effeminate, weak, or cowardly boy or man
 
[C18: perhaps from Molly, pet name for Mary]

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molly
seabird, 1857, short for mollymawk, from Du. mallemok, from mal foolish + mok gull.
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molly

any of several species of tropical fish of the genus Mollienesia (sometimes considered Poecilia), in the live-bearer family, Poeciliidae (order Atheriniformes). Hardy and attractive, mollies are popular aquarium fish ranging from about 5 to 13 cm (2 to 5 inches) long. Well-known species include the molly (M. sphenops), which is normally grayish, and the sailfin mollies (M. latipinna and M. velifera), which are shiny and bluish and are noted for the large, showy dorsal fin of the male. Hybrids are also known, including M. formosa, a so-called species that is always female, resulting from a cross between M. sphenops and M. latipinna. There are several colour varieties of mollies, among them the black mollies, which may belong to any of the species mentioned.

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