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[moh-lee] /ˈmoʊ li/
noun, plural molies. Classical Mythology
an herb given to Odysseus by Hermes to counteract the spells of Circe.
< Latin mōly < Greek môly


[mol-ee] /ˈmɒl i/
noun, Informal.
by shortening
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  • The product contains moly and is readily biodegradable.
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noun (pl) -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
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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