mole

You may have never seen the fuzzy, pointy-nosed animal called a mole even if you know what a mole is, since it lives underground most of the time.

One mole is the mammal with beady little eyes that burrows underground eating earthworms. This mole doesn't need much oxygen to breathe and has big paws for digging tunnels. Another type of mole is basically a large, sometimes raised freckle on the skin; a third is a spy, especially a double agent who pretends to work for one country while sending secret information to another. The burrowing type of mole comes from an obsolete English word, moldwarp, or "earth thrower."

Definitions of mole
  1. noun
    a small congenital pigmented spot on the skin
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    blemish, defect, mar
    a mark or flaw that spoils the appearance of something (especially on a person's body)
  2. noun
    small velvety-furred burrowing mammal having small eyes and fossorial forefeet
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    Condylura cristata, star-nosed mole, starnose mole
    amphibious mole of eastern North America having pink fleshy tentacles around the nose
    Parascalops breweri, brewer's mole, hair-tailed mole
    mole of eastern North America
    golden mole
    mole of southern Africa having iridescent guard hairs mixed with the underfur
    shrew mole
    slender mole having a long snout and tail
    Asiatic shrew mole, Uropsilus soricipes
    shrew mole of eastern Asia
    American shrew mole, Neurotrichus gibbsii
    greyish-black shrew mole of the United States and Canada
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    insectivore
    small insect-eating mainly nocturnal terrestrial or fossorial mammals
  3. noun
    the molecular mass of a substance expressed in grams; the basic unit of amount of substance adopted under the Systeme International d'Unites
    synonyms: gram molecule, mol
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    metric weight unit, weight unit
    a decimal unit of weight based on the gram
  4. noun
    a spy who works against enemy espionage
    synonyms: counterspy
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    spy, undercover agent
    (military) a secret agent hired by a state to obtain information about its enemies or by a business to obtain industrial secrets from competitors
  5. noun
    spicy sauce often containing chocolate
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    sauce
    flavorful relish or dressing or topping served as an accompaniment to food
  6. noun
    a protective structure of stone or concrete; extends from shore into the water to prevent a beach from washing away
    synonyms: breakwater, bulwark, groin, groyne, jetty, seawall
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    barrier
    a structure or object that impedes free movement
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