Also found in: Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to moly: molly
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.]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014