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molebarcarole, bole, bowl, cajole, coal, Cole, condole, console, control, dhole, dole, droll, enrol (US enroll), extol, foal, goal, hole, Joel, knoll, kohl, mol, mole, Nicole, parol, parole, patrol, pole, poll, prole, rôle, roll, scroll, Seoul, shoal, skoal, sole, soul, stole, stroll, thole, Tirol, toad-in-the-hole, toll, troll, vole, whole •Creole •carriole, dariole •cabriole • capriole •aureole, gloriole, oriole •wassail-bowl • fishbowl • dustbowl •punchbowl • rocambole • farandole •girandole • manhole • rathole •armhole • arsehole • hellhole •keyhole, kneehole •peephole •sinkhole • pinhole • cubbyhole •hidey-hole • pigeonhole •eyehole, spyhole •foxhole •knothole, pothole •borehole, Warhol •porthole • soundhole • blowhole •stokehole • bolthole • loophole •lughole, plughole •chuckhole • buttonhole • bunghole •earhole • waterhole • wormhole •charcoal • caracole • Seminole •pinole

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mole in proverbial use often referred to as the type of a blind creature. The mole was also toasted by Jacobites as the little gentleman in black velvet, in reference to the death of William III, said to have been caused by a fall from his horse which had stumbled on a molehill (the small mound of earth thrown up by a mole burrowing near the surface).

From the early 1920s, mole has been used allusively to designate a spy who achieves over a long period an important position within the security defences of a country, or someone within an organization who anonymously betrays confidential information.

See also make a mountain out of a molehill.

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mole3
A. (stone) pier or breakwater, (hence) harbour
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B. † large mass XVI. — F. môle — It. molo — medGr. môlos, mólos — L. mōlēs shapeless mass, huge bulk (whence sense B), dam, pier.

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mole1 † discoloured spot OE.; spot or blemish on the human skin XIV. OE. māl, corr. to MLG. mēl, OHG. meil, meila, Goth. *mail (in g. pl. maile):- Gmc. *mailam, -ōn, whence also OE. mælan, OHG. meilen stain.

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