moly

1 [moh-lee]
noun, plural molies. Classical Mythology.
an herb given to Odysseus by Hermes to counteract the spells of Circe.

Origin:
< Latin mōly < Greek môly

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moly

2 [mol-ee]
noun Informal.

Origin:
by shortening

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moly (ˈməʊlɪ)
 
n , pl -lies
1.  Greek myth a magic herb given by Hermes to Odysseus to nullify the spells of Circe
2.  a liliaceous plant, Allium moly, that is native to S Europe and has yellow flowers in a dense cluster
 
[C16: from Latin mōly, from Greek mōlu]

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moly
1576, fabulous herb with white flowers and black root, with magical properties, given by Hermes to Odysseus as protection against Circe's sorcery.
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