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mole1 British & World English

A small burrowing mammal with dark velvety fur, a long muzzle, and very small eyes, feeding mainly on worms, grubs, and other invertebrates

mole2 British & World English

A small, often slightly raised blemish on the skin made dark by a high concentration of melanin

mole3 British & World English

A large solid structure on a shore serving as a pier, breakwater, or causeway

mole4 British & World English

The SI unit of amount of substance, equal to the quantity containing as many elementary units as there are atoms in 0.012 kg of carbon-12

mole5 British & World English

An abnormal mass of tissue in the uterus

mole6 British & World English

A highly spiced Mexican sauce made chiefly from chilli peppers and chocolate, served with meat

mole1 English Thesaurus

he had a small mole on his left cheek

mole2 English Thesaurus

moles have burrowed under the lawn

mole3 English Thesaurus

a mole was built to protect the harbour from storms

mole New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

SI unit of amount of substance

mole rat British & World English

A herbivorous short-legged rat-like rodent that typically lives permanently underground, with long incisors that protrude from the mouth and are used in digging

golden mole British & World English

A blind mole with an iridescent sheen to its coat, native to southern Africa

mole plough British & World English

A plough in which a pointed iron shoe attached to an upright support is drawn along beneath the surface, making a hollow drainage channel resembling a mole’s burrow

shrew-mole British & World English

A small shrew-like mole with a long tail, native to Asia and North America

mole cricket British & World English

A large burrowing nocturnal cricket-like insect with broad forelegs, the female of which lays her eggs in an underground nest and guards the young. Very rare in Britain, it can be a pest in some other areas

marsupial mole British & World English

A mole-like burrowing Australian marsupial with yellow fur and a horny shield on the front of the head

mole salamander British & World English

A stocky, broad-headed North American salamander which spends much of its life underground

star-nosed mole British & World English

A mole with a number of fleshy radiating tentacles around its nostrils, native to north-eastern North America

whack-a-mole British & World English

A game in an amusment arcade in which players use a mallet to hit toy moles, which appear at random, back into their holes

hydatidiform mole British & World English

A cluster of fluid-filled sacs formed in the womb by the degeneration of chorionic tissue around an aborting embryo

naked mole rat British & World English

A blind and hairless mole rat living in large underground colonies in East Africa. The colony structure is similar to that of social insects, with only one pair breeding and most other individuals acting as workers

molehill British & World English

A small mound of earth thrown up by a mole burrowing near the surface

Whac-a-Mole in whack-a-mole British & World English

A game in an amusment arcade in which players use a mallet to hit toy moles, which appear at random, back into their holes

mole cricket in cricket1 British & World English

Used in names of insects of related families, e.g. bush cricket, mole cricket

European mole in mole1 British & World English

A small burrowing mammal with dark velvety fur, a long muzzle, and very small eyes, feeding mainly on worms, grubs, and other invertebrates