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 for water mole
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Mole \Mole\, n. [OE. molle, either shortened fr. moldwerp, or
     from the root of E. mold soil: cf. D. mol, OD. molworp. See
     1. (Zool.) Any insectivore of the family Talpidae. They
        have minute eyes and ears, soft fur, and very large and
        strong fore feet.
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     Note: The common European mole, or moldwarp ({Talpa
           Europaea), is noted for its extensive burrows. The
           common American mole, or shrew mole ({Scalops
           aquaticus), and star-nosed mole ({Condylura cristata})
           have similar habits.
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     Note: In the Scriptures, the name is applied to two
           unindentified animals, perhaps the chameleon and mole
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     2. A plow of peculiar construction, for forming underground
        drains. [U.S.]
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     3. (fig.)A spy who lives for years an apparently normal life
        (to establish a cover) before beginning his spying
     Duck mole. See under Duck.
     Golden mole. See Chrysochlore.
     Mole cricket (Zool.), an orthopterous insect of the genus
        Gryllotalpa, 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), are the best known.
     Mole rat (Zool.), any one of several species of Old World
        rodents of the genera Spalax, Georychus, and several
        allied genera. They are molelike in appearance and habits,
        and their eyes are small or rudimentary.
     Mole shrew (Zool.), any one of several species of
        short-tailed American shrews of the genus Blarina, esp.
        Blarina brevicauda.
     Water mole, the duck mole.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Water mole \Wa"ter mole`\ (Zool.)
     (a) The shrew mole. See under Shrew.
     (b) The duck mole. See under Duck.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Duck \Duck\, n. [OE. duke, doke. See Duck, v. t. ]
     1. (Zool.) Any bird of the subfamily Anatin[ae], family
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     Note: The genera and species are numerous. They are divided
           into river ducks and sea ducks. Among the former
           are the common domestic duck ({Anas boschas); the wood
           duck ({Aix sponsa); the beautiful mandarin duck of
           China ({Dendronessa galeriliculata); the Muscovy duck,
           originally of South America ({Cairina moschata). Among
           the sea ducks are the eider, canvasback, scoter, etc.
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     2. A sudden inclination of the bead or dropping of the
        person, resembling the motion of a duck in water.
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              Here be, without duck or nod,
              Other trippings to be trod.           --Milton.
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     Bombay duck (Zool.), a fish. See Bummalo.
     Buffel duck, Spirit duck. See Buffel duck.
     Duck ant (Zool.), a species of white ant in Jamaica which
        builds large nests in trees.
     Duck barnacle. (Zool.) See Goose barnacle.
     Duck hawk. (Zool.)
        (a) In the United States: The peregrine falcon.
        (b) In England: The marsh harrier or moor buzzard.
     Duck mole (Zool.), a small aquatic mammal of Australia,
        having webbed feet and a bill resembling that of a duck
        ({Ornithorhynchus anatinus). It belongs the subclass
        Monotremata and is remarkable for laying eggs like a bird
        or reptile; -- called also duckbill, platypus,
        mallangong, mullingong, tambreet, and water mole.
     To make ducks and drakes, to throw a flat stone obliquely,
        so as to make it rebound repeatedly from the surface of
        the water, raising a succession of jets; hence:
     To play at ducks and drakes, with property, to throw it
        away heedlessly or squander it foolishly and unprofitably.
     Lame duck. See under Lame.
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