from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A magic herb or plant used by Odysseus to overcome Circe.
- n. Any plant associated with the mythological moly, especially the European allium, Allium moly.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A fabulous herb of occult power, having a black root and white blossoms, said by Homer to have been given by Hermes to Ulysses to counteract the spells of Circe.
- n. A kind of garlic (Allium Moly) with large yellow flowers; -- called also golden garlic.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Like a mole or its habits.
- 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
Latin mōly, from Greek mōlu.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin mōly, from Ancient Greek μῶλυ (probably a loanword). (Wiktionary)