American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A fool.
- n. A freak.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A monster; a deformed creature.
- n. A dolt; a stupid fellow.
- n. A mole or mass of fleshy matter generated in the uterus; a false conception.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A monster; a false conception; a mass of fleshy matter, generated in the uterus.
- n. A dolt; a stupid fellow.
- From moon + calf, after a superstition that the moon caused abnormal fetal developement. (Wiktionary)
- Earlier, unformed embryo (from the supposed influence of the moon). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“That's what's happened in less far-reaching schemes in the past and that was the objective of these plans,Peter Taylor-GoobyProfessor of social policy, University of Kent• Tim Dowling's article was a great introduction to gallery rage G2, 10 May, but I must add to the list of outrages: standing four inches from the painting; pontificating at 100 decibels; wandering around like a mooncalf and randomly blocking the vision of all and sundry.”
“Of those mooncalf, ill-fitting, ineffably strange examples he lists, his first and most outstanding is The Island of Doctor Moreau.”
“My son, the brutal mooncalf, is still alive, though barely, starving and buried inside some mountain.”
“I infer rather than learn from his narrative that he was captured by the mooncalf herds under the direction of these other Selenites who”
“From a partially divided carcass of a mooncalf that we presently saw, I am inclined to believe it must have been mooncalf flesh.”
“The strange and (except for the want of mandibles and palps) most insect-like head of the mooncalf-minders underwent, indeed, the most incredible transformations: here it was broad and low, here high and narrow; here its leathery brow was drawn out into horns and strange features; here it was whiskered and divided, and there with a grotesquely human profile.”
“They may think we are new animals, a new sort of mooncalf perhaps!”
“Outside began a terrific bellowing, as if a mooncalf were in trouble.”
“I had realised that we might work from mooncalf to mooncalf up the cave until we were near enough to charge home.”
“His thoughts are of mooncalf pastures, and his dialect an accomplished mooncalf technique.”
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