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1molar

noun mo·lar \ˈmō-lər\

: a large tooth near the back of the jaw with a wide surface used especially for grinding food

Full Definition of MOLAR

:  a tooth with a rounded or flattened surface adapted for grinding; specifically :  one of the cheek teeth in mammals behind the incisors and canines — see tooth illustration
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Origin of MOLAR

Middle English molares, plural, from Latin molaris, from molaris of a mill, from mola millstone — more at mill
First Known Use: 14th century

2molar

adjective

Definition of MOLAR

1
:  pulverizing by friction :  grinding
2
:  of, relating to, or located near the molar teeth

First Known Use of MOLAR

1626

3molar

adjective

Definition of MOLAR

1
:  of or relating to a mole of a substance <the molar volume of a gas>
2
:  containing one mole of solute in one liter of solution
mo·lar·i·ty \mō-ˈla-rə-tē\ noun

Origin of MOLAR

5mole
First Known Use: 1902
MOLARS Defined for Kids

molar

noun mo·lar \ˈmō-lər\

Definition of MOLAR for Kids

:  a large tooth near the back of the mouth with a broad surface used for grinding

Word History of MOLAR

A millstone is a large stone used for grinding grain. We have teeth, called molars, that are also used for grinding. The English word molar comes from a Latin word molaris that is derived from mola, millstone. The English word mill comes ultimately from Latin molina, which is also derived from mola.

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