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Mole


MOLE, noun

1. A spot, mark or small permanent protuberance on the human body, from which usually issue one or more hairs.

2. [Latin mola.] A mass of fleshy matter of a spherical figure, generated in the uterus.

MOLE, noun [Latin moles.]

1. A mound or massive work formed of large stones laid in the sea by means of coffer dams, extended either in a right line or an arch of a circle before a port, which it serves to defend from the violent impulse of the waves; thus protecting ships in a harbor. The word is sometimes used for the harbor itself.

2. Among the Romans, a kind of mausoleum, built like a round tower on a square base, insulated, encompassed with columns and covered with a dome.

MOLE, noun A small animal of the genus Talpa, which in search of worms or other insects, forms a road just under the surface of the ground, raising the soil into a little ridge; from which circumstance it is called a mold-warp, or mold-turner. The mole has very small eyes.

Learn of the mole to plow, the worm to weave.

MOLE, verb transitive To clear of mole-hills. [Local.]