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Moon-calf

is an inanimate, shapeless mass (Pliny: Natural History, x. 64). This abortion was supposed to be produced by the influence of the moon. The primary meaning of calf is not the young of a cow, but the issue arising “from throwing out,” as a push, a protuberance; hence the calves of the legs.

“A false conception, called mola, i.e. moon-calf … a lump of flesh without shape or life.”—Holland: Pliny, vii. 15.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Montserrat
Monumental City
Monumental Effigies
Monumental Figures
Monumental Figures
Monumental Figures
Monumental Figures
Monumental Inscriptions
Moohel
Moon
Moon-calf
Moon-drop
Moon-maker [Sagendë Nah]
Moon-rakers
Moon’s Men
Moonlight Flitting (A)
Moonstone
Moor-slayer or Mata-moros
Moors
Moore (Thomas)
Moot Point (A)