Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An emendation of mollymawk, a name given by sailors to the smaller albatrosses. The ehange has been made on the mistaken supposition that mollymawk was a corruption of mollyhawk.

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Examples

  • Three other breeding species are endemic to the Tristan-Gough islands: great shearwater Puffinus gravis (2 million pairs), Atlantic yellow-nosed mollyhawk Thalassarche chlororhyncos (1,000 pairs) and Atlantic petrel Pterodroma incerta (VU).

    Gough Island Wildlife Reserve, United Kingdom

  • A big albatross swung slowly down the surf: albatross or mollyhawk, with wide, waving wings.

    Kangaroo

  • -- A mollyhawk was brought in today, it weighed four pounds and measured from tip of beak to tip of tail thirty inches, from tip of wing to tip of wing seventy-eight, and in girth twenty.

    Three Years in Tristan da Cunha

  • From July to October the men get a great number of eaglet, penguin, and mollyhawk eggs -- all sea-fowl.

    Three Years in Tristan da Cunha

  • They eat'm mollyhawk and albatross; mollyhawk and albatross eat'm fat pork; two men he die, plenty men much sick, you bet, damn to hell me very much glad.

    Chapter 48

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  • hog-molly

    August 21, 2012

  • I think in this case it's more like meh-meh-mehanges.

    August 21, 2012

  • Reminds me of that David Bowie lyric, eh-eh-ehanges.

    August 21, 2012

  • "An emendation of mollymawk, a name given by sailors to the smaller albatrosses. The ehange has been made on the mistaken supposition that mollymawk was a corruption of mollyhawk."
    --Cent. Dict.

    August 20, 2012