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mo·la 1(mō′lə, -lä)
n. pl. mo·las
A colorful fabric panel of Central American origin that is sewn with a reverse-appliqué technique and is used for decorative purposes, as on clothing or furniture or as a wall hanging.
[Kuna, clothing, blouse, mola.]
n. pl. mola or mo·las
See ocean sunfish.
[New Latin, from Provençal regional (Marseilles) mòla, from Provençal millstone (the fish being so called in reference to its size, round shape, and rough skin texture), from Latin mola; see melə.]
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n, pl -la or -las
(Animals) another name for sunfish1
[C17: from Latin, literally: millstone]
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n., pl. (esp. collectively) -la, (esp. for kinds or species) -las.
any compressed marine fish of the family Molidae, with a sharply truncated circular body.
[1595–1605; < Latin: millstone; from its shape]
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|Noun||1.||mola - among the largest bony fish; pelagic fish having an oval compressed body with high dorsal and anal fins and caudal fin reduced to a rudder-like lobe; worldwide in warm waters|
plectognath, plectognath fish - tropical marine fishes having the teeth fused into a beak and thick skin covered with bony plates or spines
genus Mola - type genus of the Molidae
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