mole rat
noun Date: 1781 any of various burrowing Old World rodents (as of the families Bathyergidae and Muridae) that generally resemble moles in appearance and have large often protruding incisors used for digging — compare naked mole rat

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  • Mole rat — or mole rat refers to several groups of burrowing rodents or * Bathyergidae, a family of about twenty species from Africa, including: Heterocephalus glaber; the naked mole rat ; Spalacidae, a family of about thirty species from Eurasia and… …   Wikipedia

  • Mole rat — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Mole-rat — refers to several types of burrowing rodents: *African mole rats, members of the family Bathyergidae *Blind mole rats in the subfamily Spalacinae *African mole rats, of the genus Tachyoryctes in the subfamily Rhizomyinae …   Wikipedia

  • mole rat — noun 1. African rodent resembling a mole in habits and appearance • Hypernyms: ↑rodent, ↑gnawer • Member Holonyms: ↑Bathyergus, ↑genus Bathyergus 2. furry short limbed tailless rodent resembling a true mole in habits and appearance; of eastern… …   Useful english dictionary

  • mole rat — paprastasis aklys statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Spalax microphtalmus angl. greater mole rat; mole rat; Russian mole rat vok. Blindmaus; gemeine Blindmaus; große Blindmaus; Ost Blindmaus; Ost… …   Žinduolių pavadinimų žodynas

  • mole rat — Slepez Sle*pez , n. [Russ. sliepets .] (Zo[ o]l.) A burrowing rodent ({Spalax typhlus}), native of Russia and Asia Minor. It has the general appearance of a mole, and is destitute of eyes. Called also {mole rat}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mole rat — /mohl rat /, n. 1. any of several eastern European burrowing rodents, esp. those of the genus Spalax, having no tail, short limbs, and small eyes with permanently closed lids. 2. bandicoot (def. 2). Also, mole rat, molerat. [1775 85] * * * …   Universalium

  • mole rat — n. bandicoot rat; furry tailless rodent with short limbs that resembles a mole in its appearance and behavior native of eastern Europe and Middle East …   English contemporary dictionary

  • mole-rat — Cleveland Dialect List the common mole …   English dialects glossary

  • mole rat — noun a rat like African rodent that lives underground, with long incisors used in digging. [Many species, mainly in the family Bathyergidae.] …   English new terms dictionary

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