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[moh-luh] /ˈmoʊ lə/
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 of mola1
1595-1605; < Latin: millstone; so called from its shape


[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)
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.
1940-45; < Cuna: clothing, blouse, mola Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • The place where the diligence stopped was a town called mola di Gaeta.

    Rollo in Rome Jacob Abbott
  • Left mola at half-past seven and got here at ten minutes after seven.

    The Greville Memoirs Charles C. F. Greville
  • If the ascent to mola is difficult, what can be said of the coming down?

    Vistas in Sicily Arthur Stanley Riggs
  • The site was doubtless near the mola and the village Castiglione.

  • These, like the headfish (mola mola) are protected by a leathery skin.

  • This fish (Orthagoriscus mola), which we know as the Sun-fish, has been repeatedly taken here.

  • We left mola before dawn and crossed the small river Garigliano as the sun rose.

    Pencillings by the Way N. Parker Willis
  • Half an hour suffices to explore the Corso—even tiny mola has its highway named for the King!

    Vistas in Sicily Arthur Stanley Riggs
  • One of the ragazze—two-thirds at least of the goatherds in Taormina and mola are young girls—milks a rich, warm, foaming pint.

    Vistas in Sicily Arthur Stanley Riggs
  • The next morning, when he rose, the orange blossoms of mola di Gaeta were sweet beneath the window of the inn where he rested.

    Ernest Maltravers, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
British Dictionary definitions for mola


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

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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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