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Subject: Re: Origin of "Molly, Mali, Moli, Molli", etc.
Author: তন্ময় ভট   (guest,
Date: June 4, 2005 at 3:58:04 PM
Reply to: Re: Origin of "Molly, Mali, Moli, Molli", etc. by Jae
There is indeed a sanskrit mAli of unknown origin (possibly related to a place name: all the words mAl- have something to do with garland of lowers) but it is masculine (meaning garlanded or gardener or garland peddler) and, though a common word in many modern Indian languages, is rarely used today as a name. mAlinI, the corresponding female form (which could, in addition, mean wife of a gardener) is however still alive.

I never thought Molly had anything to do with Sanskrit.

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