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  • n. Any of a group of medium-sized albatrosses in the genus Thalassarche.

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  • Any one of several species of large pelagic petrels and fulmars, as Fulmarus glacialis, of the North Atlantic, and several species of aestrelata, of the Southern Ocean. See Fulmar.

    Alternative forms: mollymawk, malmock, mollemock, mallemocke

    Origin: Sw. Mallemucke the stormy petrel

    January 18, 2009

  • See also mallemawk.

    March 6, 2008

  • "...there were others that he could not identify with any certainty, birds to which he sailors gave the genreal name of mollymawks."
    --Patrick O'Brian, The Thirteen Gun Salute, 147

    March 4, 2008