from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A fabulous herb of magic power, represented as having a black root and the flower milk-white, said by Homer to have been given by Hermes to Odysseus (Ulysses) to counteract the spells of Circe.
- n. Wild garlic, Allium Moly. The moly of Dioscorides is said to have been Allium subhirsutum; the dwarf moly is
The moly is a small unsightly root, its virtues but little known and in low estimation; the dull shepherd treads on it every day with his clouted shoes; but it bears a small white flower, which is medicinal against charms, blights, mildews, and damps.
Her power is that of frank, and full vital pleasure, which, if governed and watched, nourishes men; but, unwatched, and having no 'moly,' bitterness or delay, mixed with it, turns men into beasts, but does not slay them, -- leaves them, on the contrary, power of revival.
This word is Greek in origin.