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 (mo͞on′kăf′, -käf′)
1. A fool.
2. A freak.

[Earlier, unformed embryo (from the supposed influence of the moon).]


n, pl -calves (-ˌkɑːvz)
1. a born fool; dolt
2. a person who idles time away
3. obsolete a freak or monster


(ˈmunˌkæf, -ˌkɑf)

n., pl. -calves.
a foolish person.
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One deficient in judgment and good sense:
Informal: dope, gander, goose.
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The book is perhaps too odd to ever quite be a classic, but in any sane literary firmament it would count as a major mooncalf anticlassic.
THE MOONCALF I met a bumpkin on a bench, set by the beck-side's edge, Where loose-limbed lovers tickle trout and water wagtails fledge, His beard was flecked with spider's web, and little bits of straw, And on his face he bore the scars of 90 years or more.
Isn't there a sensible woman - probably a farmer's daughter in his rural Welsh constituency - who can bring the mooncalf Member down to earth?