mole


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Mole \Mole\, n. [AS. m[=a]l; akin to OHG. meil, Goth. mail Cf.
   Mail a spot.]
   1. A spot; a stain; a mark which discolors or disfigures.
      [Obs.] --Piers Plowman.
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   2. A spot, mark, or small permanent protuberance on the human
      body; esp., a spot which is dark-colored, from which
      commonly issue one or more hairs.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Mole \Mole\, n. [L. mola.]
   A mass of fleshy or other more or less solid matter generated
   in the uterus.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Mole \Mole\, n. [F. m[^o]le, L. moles. Cf. Demolish,
   Emolument, Molest.]
   A mound or massive work formed of masonry or large stones,
   etc., laid in the sea, often extended either in a right line
   or an arc of a circle before a port which it serves to defend
   from the violence of the waves, thus protecting ships in a
   harbor; also, sometimes, the harbor itself. --Brande & C.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Mole \Mole\, n. [OE. molle, either shortened fr. moldwerp, or
   from the root of E. mold soil: cf. D. mol, OD. molworp. See
   Moldwarp.]
   1. (Zool.) Any insectivore of the family Talpidae. They
      have minute eyes and ears, soft fur, and very large and
      strong fore feet.
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   Note: The common European mole, or moldwarp ({Talpa
         Europaea}), is noted for its extensive burrows. The
         common American mole, or shrew mole ({Scalops
         aquaticus}), and star-nosed mole (Condylura cristata)
         have similar habits.
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   Note: In the Scriptures, the name is applied to two
         unindentified animals, perhaps the chameleon and mole
         rat.
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   2. A plow of peculiar construction, for forming underground
      drains. [U.S.]
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   3. (fig.)A spy who lives for years an apparently normal life
      (to establish a cover) before beginning his spying
      activities.
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   Duck mole. See under Duck.

   Golden mole. See Chrysochlore.

   Mole cricket (Zool.), an orthopterous insect of the genus
      Gryllotalpa, which excavates subterranean galleries, and
      throws up mounds of earth resembling those of the mole. It
      is said to do damage by injuring the roots of plants. The
      common European species (Gryllotalpa vulgaris), and the
      American (Gryllotalpa borealis), are the best known.

   Mole rat (Zool.), any one of several species of Old World
      rodents of the genera Spalax, Georychus, and several
      allied genera. They are molelike in appearance and habits,
      and their eyes are small or rudimentary.

   Mole shrew (Zool.), any one of several species of
      short-tailed American shrews of the genus Blarina, esp.
      Blarina brevicauda.

   Water mole, the duck mole.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

mole \mole\ n.
   A quantity of a substance equal to the molecular weight of a
   substance expressed in grams; a gram molecule; the basic unit
   of amount of substance adopted under the System International
   d'Unites; as, he added two moles of sodium chloride to the
   medium.

   Syn: gram molecule, mol.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Mole \Mole\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Moled; p. pr. & vb. n.
   Moling.]
   1. To form holes in, as a mole; to burrow; to excavate; as,
      to mole the earth.
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   2. To clear of molehills. [Prov. Eng.] --Pegge.
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