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moly1

[moh-lee] /ˈmoʊ li/
noun, plural molies. Classical Mythology
1.
an herb given to Odysseus by Hermes to counteract the spells of Circe.
Origin
< Latin mōly < Greek môly

moly2

[mol-ee] /ˈmɒl i/
noun, Informal.
Origin
by shortening
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  • The product contains moly and is readily biodegradable.
British Dictionary definitions for moly

moly

/ˈməʊlɪ/
noun (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
Word Origin
C16: from Latin mōly, from Greek mōlu
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Word Origin and History for moly
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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