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definition of the word mooncalf

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The earliest recorded example of mooncalf was in a thesaurus of 1565, in which the term was explicitly applied to a woman. The reference here was to a false pregnancy, to a growth in the womb that was not a foetus. -- Michael Quinion

By 1614 it had evolved to mean someone under the influence of the moon.

Singular
mooncalf

Plural
mooncalves

mooncalf (plural mooncalves)

  1. (pejorative) A foolish person.

But I can think of no one but a mooncalf or a gaby
Who would trust their own child to raise a baby.Ogden Nash, "Come On In, The Senility Is Fine"

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