Main definitions of moly in English

: moly1moly2

moly1

noun

  • 1A southern European plant related to the onions, with small yellow flowers.

    • ‘Allium moly is an ornamental allium, or flowering onion.’
    • ‘A. moly is commonly regarded as ‘the golden garlic,’ with dense umbels of bright golden yellow flowers on 12-inch stems.’
    • ‘Allium moly is a yellow-flowered species which is native to south-western Europe and the Pyrenees.’
    • ‘Also good at handling the warmer weather are lilies and the ornamental onions such as Allium alflatunense, A. sphaerocephalum and A. moly.’
    • ‘Allium moly, otherwise known as Golden Garlic, is so easy to grow and its bright yellow star-shaped flowers are irresistibly cheerful.’
  • 2A mythical herb with white flowers and black roots, endowed with magic properties.

    • ‘I don't really care whether it's the moly, the bullet, or some secret ingredient.’
    • ‘‘Eat this sprig of the moly plant,’ the boy said, ‘and be protected from enchantment.’’

Origin

Mid 16th century (in moly): via Latin from Greek mōlu.

Pronunciation:

moly

/ˈməʊli/

Main definitions of moly in English

: moly1moly2

moly2

noun

  • short for molybdenum
    • ‘Not only is it fast, the bore paste removes all types of fouling - powder, copper, moly, even surface rust.’
    • ‘For a hunting rifle, however, the advantages of moly simply don't come into play.’
    • ‘This is a prototype Barnes X-Bullet, featuring a proprietary coating with properties similar to moly - less fouling, greater accuracy, longer barrel life.’
    • ‘Lead and moly occur together in polymetallic ores.’
    • ‘Both will do a great job, but moly is much lighter; a cage built from chromoly will be approximately half the weight of a mild-steel cage.’

Pronunciation:

moly

/ˈməʊli/