from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. carousing on icebound Greenland whaling ships.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Nautical, the visiting and carousing of seamen in the Greenland ships.
Apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words. The first of these is the obsolete mallemerok a “foolish woman”, from malle, foolish, plus marok, from French marotte, an object of foolish affection; a “bauble”. The second word mallemok is a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel. (Wiktionary)