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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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On this night as he dreamed in the motel, it was mute swans that came, falling from the sky with their wings braking and feet outstretched, clouds of doves, and an albatross with a white body and grey wings, what his father could have told him was a mollymawk. A foolish gull.
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Ross Hobson, of Ponteland, was taking part in the Route du Rhum yacht race in November 2006 when his catamaran, named Mollymawk, was flipped over in high seas.
SHE was capsized in the stormy Atlantic Ocean when Northumberland yachtsman Ross Hobson last saw his racing catamaran Mollymawk.
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ROSS Hobson was competing in the Route du Rhum race from St Malo in France to Guadeloupe in the Caribbean when the Ideal Stelrad, formerly the Mollymawk, capsized.
Dental lecturer Ross Hobson, 45, set out from Plymouth on Sunday for the gruelling 3,500-mile Faraday Mill Original Single-handed Transatlantic Race on his 45ft trimaran Mollymawk.
Earlier this month his trimaran Mollymawk was damaged when she hit an object in the sea on a training trip.
ROSS Hobson has won races, broken records - and suffered disasters and accidents - during his 15 years aboard Mollymawk.
Dental lecturer Ross Hobson, 45, smashed the 30-year-old world record for a transatlantic crossing by a massive 14 hours in August last year with his ageing trimaran Mollymawk. With the help of a two-man crew, he crossed the Atlantic Ocean in 14 days and six hours.