plural molossi
, classical prosody : a foot of three long syllables
capitalized [New Latin, from Latin, Molossian, from Greek (kyōn) Molossos, literally, Molossian dog] : a genus of mastiff bats that is the type of the family Molossidae

Word History


Latin, from Greek molossos, from Molossos Molossian

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“Molossus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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