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n. pl. mo·lies Greek Mythology
A magic herb with black roots and white flowers that was given to Odysseus by Hermes to ward off the spells of Circe.

[Latin mōly, from Greek mōlu.]
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n, pl -lies
1. (Classical Myth & Legend) Greek myth a magic herb given by Hermes to Odysseus to nullify the spells of Circe
2. (Plants) a liliaceous plant, Allium moly, that is native to S Europe and has yellow flowers in a dense cluster
[C16: from Latin mōly, from Greek mōlu]
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ONE pleasant day in the latter part of eternity, as the Shades of all the great writers were reposing upon beds of asphodel and moly in the Elysian fields, each happy in hearing from the lips of the others nothing but copious quotation from his own works (for so Jove had kindly bedeviled their ears), there came in among them with triumphant mien a Shade whom none knew.
The root was black, while the flower was as white as milk; the gods call it Moly, and mortal men cannot uproot it, but the gods can do whatever they like.
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