Mole and Vole

Mole

Any insectivore of the family {Talpid[ae]}. They have minute eyes and ears, soft fur, and very large and strong fore feet. [1913 Webster] Note: The common European mole, or moldwarp ({Talpa Europ[ae]a})

A molecule () is an electrically neutral group of two or more atoms held together by covalent chemical bonds.

mole n 1: the molecular weight of a substance expressed in grams; the basic unit of amount of substance adopted under the Systeme International d'Unites [syn: {gram molecule}, {mol}] 2: a spy who works against enemy espionage [syn: {counterspy}] 3: spicy sauce often containing chocolate 4: a small congenital pigmented spot on the skin 5: a protective structure of stone or concrete; extends from shore into the water to prevent a beach from washing away [syn: {breakwater}, {groin}, {groyne}, {bulwark}, {seawall}, {jetty}] 6: small velvety-furred burrowing mammal having small eyes and fossorial forefeet

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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. [1913 Webster] 2. To clear of molehills. [Prov. Eng.] --Pegge. [1913 Webster]

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. [WordNet 1.5]

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. (Zo["o]l.) Any insectivore of the family {Talpid[ae]}. They have minute eyes and ears, soft fur, and very large and strong fore feet. [1913 Webster] Note: The common European mole, or moldwarp ({Talpa Europ[ae]a}), is noted for its extensive burrows. The common American mole, or shrew mole ({Scalops aquaticus}), and star-nosed mole ({Condylura cristata}) have similar habits. [1913 Webster] Note: In the Scriptures, the name is applied to two unindentified animals, perhaps the chameleon and mole rat. [1913 Webster] 2. A plow of peculiar construction, for forming underground drains. [U.S.] [1913 Webster] 3. (fig.)A spy who lives for years an apparently normal life (to establish a cover) before beginning his spying activities. [PJC] {Duck mole}. See under {Duck}. {Golden mole}. See {Chrysochlore}. {Mole cricket} (Zo["o]l.), 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} (Zo["o]l.), 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} (Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of short-tailed American shrews of the genus {Blarina}, esp. {Blarina brevicauda}. {Water mole}, the duck mole. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

Mole \Mole\, n. [L. mola.] A mass of fleshy or other more or less solid matter generated in the uterus. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster]

Mole Heb. tinshameth (Lev. 11:30), probably signifies some species of lizard (rendered in R.V., "chameleon"). In Lev. 11:18, Deut. 14:16, it is rendered, in Authorized Version, "swan" (R.V., "horned owl"). The Heb. holed (Lev. 11:29), rendered "weasel," was probably the mole-rat. The true mole (Talpa Europoea) is not found in Palestine. The mole-rat (Spalax typhlus) "is twice the size of our mole, with no external eyes, and with only faint traces within of the rudimentary organ; no apparent ears, but, like the mole, with great internal organs of hearing; a strong, bare snout, and with large gnawing teeth; its colour a pale slate; its feet short, and provided with strong nails; its tail only rudimentary." In Isa. 2:20, this word is the rendering of two words _haphar peroth_, which are rendered by Gesenius "into the digging of rats", i.e., rats' holes. But these two Hebrew words ought probably to be combined into one (lahporperoth) and translated "to the moles", i.e., the rat-moles. This animal "lives in underground communities, making large subterranean chambers for its young and for storehouses, with many runs connected with them, and is decidedly partial to the loose debris among ruins and stone-heaps, where it can form its chambers with least trouble."

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Vole

A vole is a small rodent resembling a mouse but with a stouter body, a shorter, hairy tail, a slightly rounder head, smaller ears and eyes, and differently formed molars (high-crowned and with angular cusps instead of low-crowned and with rounded cusps).

vole n : any of various small mouselike rodents of the family Cricetidae (especially of genus Microtus) having a stout short-tailed body and inconspicuous ears and inhabiting fields or meadows [syn: {field mouse}]

Vole \Vole\, n. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of numerous species of micelike rodents belonging to {Arvicola} and allied genera of the subfamily {Arvicolin[ae]}. They have a thick head, short ears, and a short hairy tail. [1913 Webster] Note: The water vole, or water rat, of Europe ({Arvicola amphibius}) is a common large aquatic species. The short-tailed field vole ({Arvicola agrestis}) of Northern and Central Europe, and Asia, the Southern field vole ({Arvicola arvalis}), and the Siberian root vole ({Arvicola [oe]conomus}), are important European species. The common species of the Eastern United States ({Arvicola riparius}) (called also {meadow mouse}) and the prairie mouse ({Arvicola austerus}) are abundant, and often injurious to vegetation. Other species are found in Canada. [1913 Webster]

Vole \Vole\, v. i. (Card Playing) To win all the tricks by a vole. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

Vole \Vole\, n. [F.] A deal at cards that draws all the tricks. --Swift. [1913 Webster]

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  • mole: WordNet (r) 2.0
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  • mole: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
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  • mole: Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
  • vole: WordNet (r) 2.0
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