Mooncalf meaning

mo͝onkăf, -käf
(archaic) An idiot or fool.
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A fool.
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A freak.
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(now rare) An abnormal mass within the uterus; a false conception. [from 16th c.]
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A poorly-conceived idea or plan. [from 17th c.]
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A dreamer, someone absent-minded or distracted; a fool, simpleton. [from 17th c.]
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Origin of mooncalf

  • Earlier unformed embryo (from the supposed influence of the moon)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From moon +"Ž calf, after a superstition that the moon caused abnormal fetal developement.

    From Wiktionary