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mola1

[moh-luh] /ˈmoʊ lə/
noun, plural (especially collectively) mola (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) molas.
1.
any of several thin, silvery fishes of the family Molidae, of tropical and temperate seas.
Compare ocean sunfish.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; < Latin: millstone; so called from its shape

mola2

[moh-luh; Spanish maw-lah] /ˈmoʊ lə; Spanish ˈmɔ lɑ/
noun, plural molas
[moh-luh z; Spanish maw-lahs] /ˈmoʊ ləz; Spanish ˈmɔ lɑs/ (Show IPA)
1.
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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British Dictionary definitions for mola

mola

/ˈməʊlə/
noun (pl) -la, -las
1.
another name for sunfish (sense 1)
Word Origin
C17: from Latin, literally: millstone
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Word Origin and History for mola
n.

type of fish, 1670s, from Latin mola, literally "millstone" (see molar). So called because of the fish's shape and rough skin.

"false conception," c.1600, from Latin mola "false conception," from earlier sense "salt cake;" literally "millstone" (see molar).

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Encyclopedia Article for 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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