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See also: molle, MOLLE, Mollé, mölle, and mølle





From Proto-Albanian *mālā, akin to Ancient Greek μῆλον (mêlon, apple), Latin mālum (apple), either a cognate or borrowed from either of the two. Likely from a western dialect borrowed from Doric Greek.[1][2] A borrowing from Latin[3][4] would be unusually early, as the shift from to o, characteristic of inherited words, would not be paralleled in any other Latin loan. Direct inheritance is formally possible,[1] though dubious given the defined areal distribution and the absence of any clear cognate outside of it. See Ancient Greek μῆλον (mêlon) for further connections. Sense 2 is a common metaphor, compare Ancient Greek μῆλον (mêlon, cheek) etc.[5]


  • IPA(key): /ˈmɔɫə/, [mɔɫ]



mollë f (plural molla, definite molla)

  1. apple
    Synonym: mollçinë
  2. cheek
    Synonym: mollëz
    • From Rogovë, sung in Prizren[5]:
      Pes gishta na i ka dora, // Kater kom na i ka dhija, // Tri kam terezija, // E dy molla na i ka vajza. (northwestern Gheg)
      Five fingers has the hand, // Four legs has the goat, // Three legs the scales, // And two cheeks has the girl.



Derived terms



  1. 1.0 1.1 Kroonen, Guus (2016) “On the origin of Greek μῆλον, Latin mālum, Albanian mollë and Hittite šam(a)lu- ‘apple’”, in The Journal of Indo-European Studies[1], volume 44, page 86
  2. ^ Schumacher, Stefan, Matzinger, Joachim (2013) Die Verben des Altalbanischen: Belegwörterbuch, Vorgeschichte und Etymologie (Albanische Forschungen; 33) (in German), Wiesbaden: Otto Harrassowitz, →ISBN, page 221
  3. ^ Meyer, G. (1891) “mołε”, in Etymologisches Wörterbuch der albanesischen Sprache [Etymological Dictionary of the Albanian Language] (in German), Strasbourg: Karl J. Trübner, →DOI, page 285
  4. ^ Orel, Vladimir E. (2000) A concise historical grammar of the Albanian language: reconstruction of Proto-Albanian[2], Leiden, Boston, Köln: Brill, →ISBN, page 31
  5. 5.0 5.1 Eric P. Hamp (1992) “Albanian”, in Jadranka Gvozdanović, editor, Indo-European Numerals, Mouton de Gruyter, →DOI, →ISBN, pages 835–836

Further reading

  • “mollë”, in FGJSSH: Fjalor i gjuhës së sotme shqipe [Dictionary of the modern Albanian language]‎[3] (in Albanian), 1980
  • mollë”, in FGJSH: Fjalor i gjuhës shqipe [Dictionary of the Albanian language] (in Albanian), 2006