Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A colorful fabric panel of Central American origin, sewn with a reverse-appliqué technique and used for decorative purposes, as on clothing or furniture or as a wall hanging.
  • n. See ocean sunfish.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A traditional textile art form of the Kuna people of Panama and Colombia. A mola consists of cloth panels, made to wear on clothing, which feature complex designs made with multiple layers of cloth in a reverse appliqué technique.
  • n. a sunfish, Mola mola

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See sunfish, 1.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In entomology, the grinding surface of a molar or broad basal tooth of the mandible.
  • n. [capitalized] In ichthyology, the typical genus of plectognath fishes of the family called either Molidæ or Orthagoriscidæ, having as type the sunfish or head-fish, named Orthagoriscus mola by Bloch and Schneider, or M. rotunda of Cuvier and recent authors.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. 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

Etymologies

Kuna, clothing, blouse, mola.
Latin, millstone (from its shape and rough skin); see melə- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • We must suppose the reason to be that woman alone among animals is subject to troubles of the uterus, and alone has a superfluous amount of catamenia and is unable to concoct them; when, then, the embryo has been formed of a liquid hard to concoct, then comes the so-called mola into being, and this happens naturally in women alone or at any rate more than in other animals.

    On the Generation of Animals

  • We must also speak of what is known as mola uteri, which occurs rarely in women but still is found sometimes during pregnancy.

    On the Generation of Animals

  • For they produce what is called a mola; it has happened before now to a woman, after she had had intercourse with her husband and supposed she had conceived, that at first the size of her belly increased and everything else happened accordingly, but yet when the time for birth came on, she neither bore a child nor was her size reduced, but she continued thus for three or four years until dysentery came on, endangering her life, and she produced a lump of flesh which is called mola.

    On the Generation of Animals

  • They've photographed a brightly colored mola , the embroidered, multi-layered fabric panels that are part of traditional Kuna dress, and feature designs based on the patterns that islanders painted on their bodies before the Spanish arrived.

    Panama, Ho!

  • Alamy A quilted mola, part of traditional Kuna dress "It's Old Portuguese for a dirty joke, of a sexual nature," he says.

    Panama, Ho!

  • Vaya veo que sabes mucho de Tim me alegro, yo es que no podria decir muxo de James pero de que Avatar mola, mola un huevo, Tim es muy repetitivo aburre en pocas palabras, en fin James se va a forrar con la trilogia de Avatar mientras que Tim se quedara con Alice xDDDD

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  • Alongside northern species like halibut Hippoglossus stenolepis there are southern species such as ocean sunfish Mola mola.

    Shiretoko, Japan

  • Reply sheylah mola, on February 27, 2009 at 4:11 am Said:

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  • My husband's parents in Hamburg and mine in Los Angeles could now view the mola textiles I traded for my beads with the Kuna Indians in Panama that very afternoon.

    Bringing The World With Us--Virtually

  • Then Appuleia broke a cake of mola salsa in half and gave it to them to eat—a cloying unpleasantness of salt and dry spelt flour.

    Antony and Cleopatra

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