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moon·calf

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

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

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

(ˈmunˌkæf, -ˌkɑf)

n., pl. -calves.
a foolish person.
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mooncalf

noun
One deficient in judgment and good sense:
Informal: dope, gander, goose.
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Mooncalves look slightly like Minions, with similar bulging eyes.