Mole shrew
Mole Mole, n. [OE. molle, either shortened fr. moldwerp, or from the root of E. mold soil: cf. D. mol, OD. molworp. See {Moldwarp}.] 1. (Zo["o]l.) Any insectivore of the family {Talpid[ae]}. They have minute eyes and ears, soft fur, and very large and strong fore feet. [1913 Webster]

Note: The common European mole, or moldwarp ({Talpa Europ[ae]a}), is noted for its extensive burrows. The common American mole, or shrew mole ({Scalops aquaticus}), and star-nosed mole ({Condylura cristata}) have similar habits. [1913 Webster]

Note: In the Scriptures, the name is applied to two unindentified animals, perhaps the chameleon and mole rat. [1913 Webster]

2. A plow of peculiar construction, for forming underground drains. [U.S.] [1913 Webster]

3. (fig.)A spy who lives for years an apparently normal life (to establish a cover) before beginning his spying activities. [PJC]

{Duck mole}. See under {Duck}.

{Golden mole}. See {Chrysochlore}.

{Mole cricket} (Zo["o]l.), 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} (Zo["o]l.), 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} (Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of short-tailed American shrews of the genus {Blarina}, esp. {Blarina brevicauda}.

{Water mole}, the duck mole. [1913 Webster]


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  • Mole shrew — Shrew Shrew, n. [See {Shrew}, a.] 1. Originally, a brawling, turbulent, vexatious person of either sex, but now restricted in use to females; a brawler; a scold. [1913 Webster] A man . . . grudgeth that shrews [i. e., bad men] have prosperity, or …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mole shrew — trumpauodegis kirstukas statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Blarina brevicauda angl. blarina; greater North American short tailed shrew; mole shrew; northern short tailed shrew; short tailed shrew vok.… …   Žinduolių pavadinimų žodynas

  • mole shrew — kurminis baltadantis kirstukas statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Anourosorex squamipes angl. mole shrew; Szechuan burrowing shrew vok. Stummelschwanzspitzmaus rus. кротовая белозубка; чешуелапая… …   Žinduolių pavadinimų žodynas

  • mole shrew — noun 1. a. : an American short tailed shrew of the genus Blarina b. : any of several shrews of the genus Anourosorex that resemble moles, have the ears and eyes greatly reduced, have slate colored glossy fur, and live in the high mountains of… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Chinese Mole Shrew — Conservation status Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)[1] …   Wikipedia

  • Mount Kenya Mole Shrew — Mt. Kenya Mole Shrew Conservation status Vulnerable (IUCN 3.1) Scientific classification King …   Wikipedia

  • Aberdare Mole Shrew — Taxobox name = Aberdare Mole Shrew status = VU | status system = IUCN3.1 regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Mammalia ordo = Soricomorpha familia = Soricidae genus = Surdisorex species = S. norae binomial = Surdisorex norae binomial… …   Wikipedia

  • Mt. Kenya Mole Shrew — Taxobox name = Mt. Kenya Mole Shrew status = VU | status system = IUCN3.1 regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Mammalia ordo = Soricomorpha familia = Soricidae genus = Surdisorex species = S. polulus binomial = Surdisorex polulus… …   Wikipedia

  • Shrew mole — Shrew moles (or shrew moles) and mole shrews (or mole shrews) are two distinct groups of animals. Shrew moles Any of seven species of mole in the family Talpidae that resemble shrews: Four species in the subfamily Uropsilinae, or shrew like moles …   Wikipedia

  • Shrew mole — Shrew Shrew, n. [See {Shrew}, a.] 1. Originally, a brawling, turbulent, vexatious person of either sex, but now restricted in use to females; a brawler; a scold. [1913 Webster] A man . . . grudgeth that shrews [i. e., bad men] have prosperity, or …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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