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moly 1

Pronunciation: /ˈmōlē/

noun (plural molies)

1A southern European plant related to the onions, with small yellow flowers.
  • Allium moly, family Liliaceae (or Alliaceae)
Example sentences
  • A. moly is commonly regarded as ‘the golden garlic,’ with dense umbels of bright golden yellow flowers on 12-inch stems.
  • Allium moly is an ornamental allium, or flowering onion.
  • Allium moly is a yellow-flowered species which is native to south-western Europe and the Pyrenees.
2A mythical herb with white flowers and black roots, endowed with magic properties.
Example sentences
  • ‘Eat this sprig of the moly plant,’ the boy said, ‘and be protected from enchantment.’
  • I don't really care whether it's the moly, the bullet, or some secret ingredient.


Mid 16th century (sense 2): via Latin from Greek mōlu.

Words that rhyme with moly

aïoli, coaly, coley, Foley, goalie, guacamole, holey, Holi, holy, lowly, pinole, ravioli, roly-poly, Rowley, shoaly, soli
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moly 2



Short for molybdenum. See also chrome-moly.
Example sentences
  • For a hunting rifle, however, the advantages of moly simply don't come into play.
  • Both will do a great job, but moly is much lighter; a cage built from chromoly will be approximately half the weight of a mild-steel cage.
  • Not only is it fast, the bore paste removes all types of fouling - powder, copper, moly, even surface rust.
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