mola

mola

1 [moh-luh]
noun, plural (especially collectively) mola (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) molas.
any of several thin, silvery fishes of the family Molidae, of tropical and temperate seas.
Compare ocean sunfish.


Origin:
1595–1605; < Latin: millstone; so called from its shape

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mola

2 [moh-luh; Spanish maw-lah]
noun, plural molas [moh-luhz; Spanish maw-lahs] .
a colorfully appliquéd piece of fabric handcrafted by the Cuna Indian women of the islands in the Gulf of San Blas and used for clothing, decoration, etc.

Origin:
1940–45; < Cuna: clothing, blouse, mola

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mola (ˈməʊlə)
 
n , pl -la, -las
another name for sunfish
 
[C17: from Latin, literally: millstone]

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mola
type of fish, 1678, from L., lit. "millstone." So called because of the fish's shape and rough skin.
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mola

any of three species of oceanic fishes of the family Molidae. Molas are distinctive in appearance, with short bodies that end abruptly just behind the tall, triangular dorsal and anal fins. The fishes are also flattened from side to side and have tough skins, small mouths, and fused, beaklike teeth.

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