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See also: Mole, molë, môle, and molé

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From Middle English mole, mool, from Old English māl, mǣl (a mole, spot, mark, blemish), from Proto-Germanic *mailą (spot, wrinkle), from Proto-Indo-European *mel-, *melw- (dark, dirty), from Proto-Indo-European *mey-, *my- (to soil, sully). Cognate with Scots mail (spot, stain), German dialectal Meil (spot, stain, blemish), Gothic [script?] (mail, spot, blemish).

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mole (plural moles)

woman with a mole on her face
  1. A pigmented spot on the skin, a naevus, slightly raised, and sometimes hairy.
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From Middle English mol, molde, molle, from Old English *mol, from Proto-Germanic *mulaz, *mulhaz (mole, salamander), from Proto-Indo-European *molg-, *molk- (slug, salamander), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)melw- (to grind, crush, beat). Cognate with North Frisian mull (mole), Eastern Frisian molle (mole), Dutch mol (mole), Low German Mol, Mul (mole), German Molch (salamander, newt), Old Russian смолжь (smolzh, snail), Czech mlž (clam).

Derivation as an abbreviation of Middle English molewarpe, a variation of moldewarpe, moldwerp (mole) in Middle English is unexplained and probably unlikely due to the simultaneous occurrence of both words. See mouldwarp.

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mole (plural moles)

a mole (animal)
a mole (excavator)
  1. Any of several small, burrowing insectivores of the family Talpidae.
  2. Any of the burrowing rodents also called mole rats.
  3. (espionage) An internal spy, a person who involves himself or herself with an enemy organisation, especially an intelligence or governmental organisation, to determine and betray its secrets from within.
  4. A kind of self-propelled excavator used to form underground drains, or to clear underground pipelines
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From moll (from Moll, an archaic nickname for Mary), influenced by the spelling of the word mole ("an internal spy"), and due to /mɒl/ and /məʊl/ merging as [moʊl] in the Australian accent.

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mole (plural moles)

  1. A moll, a bitch, a slut.
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French môle or Latin mōles (mass, heap, rock).

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mole (plural moles)

the remains of a mole at Dunkirk
  1. (nautical) A massive structure, usually of stone, used as a pier, breakwater or junction between places separated by water.[1]
    • 1847 — George A. Fisk, A pastor's memorial of the holy land
      [Alexander the Great] then conceived the stupendous idea of constructing a mole, which should at once connect [Tyre] with the main land; and this was actually accomplished by driving piles and pouring in incalculable quantities of soil and fragments of rock; and it is generally believed, partly on the authority of ancient authors, that the whole ruins of Old Tyre were absorbed in this vast enterprize, and buried in the depths of the sea [...]
    • 1983 — Archibald Lyall, Arthur Norman Brangham, The companion guide to the south of France
      [about Saint-Tropez] Yachts and fishing boats fill the little square of water, which is surrounded on two sides by quays, on the third by a small ship-repairing yard and on the fourth by the mole where the fishing boats moor and the nets are spread out to dry.
  2. (rare) A haven or harbour, protected with such a breakwater.
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(1897) German Mol.

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mole (plural moles)

  1. (chemistry, physics) In the International System of Units, the base unit of amount of substance; the amount of substance of a system which contains as many elementary entities as there are atoms in 0.012 kg of carbon-12. Symbol: mol. The number of atoms is known as Avogadro’s number
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From Latin mola.

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mole (plural moles)

  1. A hemorrhagic mass of tissue in the uterus caused by a dead ovum.
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From Spanish, from Nahuatl mōlli (sauce; stew; something ground).

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  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈmoʊleɪ/, /ˈmoʊli/

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mole (plural moles)

chicken in a red mole sauce, with rice on the side
  1. One of several spicy sauces typical of the cuisine of Mexico and neighboring Central America, especially the sauce which contains chocolate and which is used in cooking main dishes, not desserts.[2]
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  1. ^ mole (accessed: March 30, 2007)
  2. ^ mole (accessed: March 30, 2007)

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  • IPA(key): /moːlə/, [ˈmoːlə]

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mole c (singular definite molen, plural indefinite moler)

  1. mole, breakwater
  2. pier, jetty

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mole

  1. softly

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mole f (plural moles)

  1. (chemistry, physics) Mole.

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mole f (plural moli)

  1. (chemistry, physics) mole

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mole

  1. second-person singular present active imperative of molō

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mōle f

  1. ablative singular of mōles

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From Old Portuguese mole, from Latin mollis, earlier *molduis, from Proto-Indo-European *(h₂)moldus (soft, weak).

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mole m, f (plural moles; comparable)

  1. Not hard; smooth and flexible; soft.
  2. (informal) Not difficult; easy.
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From Latin mōles.

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mole

  1. mass

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mole m (plural moles)

  1. (Portugal) Alternative form of mol.

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From Latin mollis; cognate with muelle

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mole m, f (plural moles)

  1. soft, mild
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From Latin moles

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mole f (plural moles)

  1. hunk, chunk, slab (thing of large size or quantity)
  2. massiveness

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From Classical Nahuatl mōlli "sauce, something ground".

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mole m (plural moles)

  1. (Mexico) mole, a type of stew.

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mole

  1. Formal second-person singular (usted) imperative form of molar.
  2. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of molar.
  3. Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of molar.
  4. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of molar.