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mooncalf (MOON-kaf) noun

1. A daydreamer or absent-minded person.

2. A fool or simpleton.

3. A congenitally deformed person.

[From the earlier belief that a misshapen birth was a result of effects of the moon.]

"Troughton, who has become a justly popular leading actor over the past few RSC seasons, is both monster and mooncalf." Michael Coveney, Theatre: Psycho III, The Madness of King Richard, The Guardian (London), Sep 10, 1995.

This week's theme: words to describe people.


Of all nature's gifts to the human race, what is sweeter to a man than his children? -Marcus Tullius Cicero, statesman, orator, writer (106-43 BCE)

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