2. To assuage, as pain or irritation, to appease, as excited feeling or passion; to pacify; to calm.
(Mol"li*net) n. [Cf. Moline.] A little mill.
(Mol`li*pi*lose") a. [L. mollis soft + pilosus hairy.] (Zoöl.) Having soft hairs; downy.
(||Mol*li"ti*es) n. [L., softness.] (Med.) Unnatural softness of any organ or part. Dunglison.
(Mol"li*tude) n. [L. mollitudo, fr. mollis soft.] Softness; effeminacy; weakness. [R.]
(Mol"lusc) n. (Zoöl.) Same as Mollusk.
(||Mol*lus"ca) n. pl. [NL. See Mollusk.] (Zoöl.) One of the grand divisions of the animal kingdom,
including the classes Cephalopoda, Gastropoda, Pteropoda, Scaphopoda, and Lamellibranchiata, or
Conchifera. These animals have an unsegmented bilateral body, with most of the organs and parts paired,
but not repeated longitudinally. Most of them develop a mantle, which incloses either a branchial or a
pulmonary cavity. They are generally more or less covered and protected by a calcareous shell, which
may be univalve, bivalve, or multivalve.
Formerly the Brachiopoda, Bryzoa, and Tunicata were united with the Lamellibranchiata in an artificial
group called Acephala, which was also included under Mollusca. See Molluscoidea.
(Mol*lus"can) a. (Zoöl.) Of or pertaining to mollusks. n. A mollusk; one of the Mollusca.
(Mol*lus"coid) a. [Mollusca + -oid.] (Zoöl.) Resembling the true mollusks; belonging to the
Molluscoidea. n. One of the Molluscoidea.
(Mol`lus*coid"al) a. (Zoöl.) Molluscoid.
(||Mol`lus*coi"de*a) n. pl. [NL. See Mollusk, and -oid.] (Zoöl.) A division of Invertebrata
which includes the classes Brachiopoda and Bryozoa; - - called also Anthoid Mollusca.
Originally the Tunicata were included under Molluscoidea, from which they are known to differ widely in
structure and embryology. Molluscoidea were formerly considered a subdivision of Mollusca, but they
are now known to have more relationship with Annelida than with Mollusca.
(Mol*lus"cous) a. (Zoöl.) Molluscan.
(||Mol*lus"cum) n. [NL. See Mollusk.] (Med.) A cutaneous disease characterized by numerous
tumors, of various forms, filled with a thick matter; so called from the resemblance of the tumors to
some molluscous animals. Dunglison.
(Mol"lusk) n. [F. mollusque, L. mollusca a kind of soft nut with a thin shell, fr. molluscus soft,
mollis soft. See Mollify.] (Zoöl.) One of the Mollusca. [Written also mollusc.]
(Mol"ly) n. (Zoöl.) Same as Mollemoke.
Molly cottontail. (Zoöl.) See Cottontail. Molly Maguire (ma*gwir"); pl. Molly Maguires (- gwirz).
(a) A member of a secret association formed among the tenantry in Ireland about 1843, principally for
the purpose of intimidating law officers and preventing the service of legal writs. Its members disguised
themselves in the dress of women. (b) A member of a similar association of Irishmen organized in
the anthracite coal region of Pennsylvania, about 1854, for the purpose of intimidating employers and
officers of the law, and for avenging themselves by murder on persons obnoxious to them. The society
was broken up by criminal prosecutions in 1876.
(Mol"ly), n. A pet or colloquial name for Mary.