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An albatross, especially one of the genus Thalassarche, found in the Southern Hemisphere.

[Alteration (influenced by Molly, nickname for Mary) of Dutch mallemok : mal, foolish (of unknown origin; probably applied to the birds because sailors found them easy to catch) + mok, seagull (of unknown origin).]


(Animals) NZ an informal name for mallemuck


(ˈmɒl iˌmɔk)

any of various medium-sized tube-nosed seabirds, as the fulmar and, in Australian and New Zealand waters, the smaller species of albatross.
[1685–95; < Dutch mallemok=malle, variant of mal foolish + mok < Norwegian mak mew2]
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Noun1.mollymawk - large web-footed birds of the southern hemisphere having long narrow wingsmollymawk - large web-footed birds of the southern hemisphere having long narrow wings; noted for powerful gliding flight
oceanic bird, pelagic bird - bird of the open seas
Diomedea exulans, wandering albatross - very large albatross; white with wide black wings
black-footed albatross, Diomedea nigripes, gooney, gooney bird, goonie, goony - a variety of albatross with black feet
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