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Definition: Water mole
, n. [OE. molle, either shortened fr. moldwerp, or
from the root of E. mold soil: cf. D. mol, OD. molworp. See
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.
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.
Note: In the Scriptures, the name is applied to two
unindentified animals, perhaps the chameleon and mole
2. A plow of peculiar construction, for forming underground
3. (fig.)A spy who lives for years an apparently normal life
(to establish a cover) before beginning his spying
. See under Duck
. See Chrysochlore
(Zo["o]l.), an orthopterous insect of the
, 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
the best known.
(Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of Old
World rodents of the genera Spalax
several allied genera. They are molelike in appearance and
habits, and their eyes are small or rudimentary.
(Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of
short-tailed American shrews of the genus Blarina
, the duck mole.
Water mole \Wa"ter mole`\
(a) The shrew mole. See under Shrew
(b) The duck mole. See under Duck