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desman

[des-muh n] /ˈdɛs mən/
noun, plural desmans.
1.
either of two aquatic, insectivorous mammals, Myogale moschata, of southeastern Russia, or M. pyrenaica, of the Pyrenees, related to shrews.
Origin
1765-1775
1765-75; < Swedish, short for desman-råtta muskrat
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British Dictionary definitions for desman

desman

/ˈdɛsmən/
noun (pl) -mans
1.
either of two molelike amphibious mammals Desmana moschata (Russian desman) or Galemys pyrenaicus (Pyrenean desman), having dense fur and webbed feet: family Talpidae, order Insectivora (insectivores)
Word Origin
C18: from Swedish desmansråtta, from desman musk (of Germanic origin) + råtta rat
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Encyclopedia Article for desman

either of two species of amphibious Eurasian moles that den on land but seek prey underwater instead of burrowing through soil. The protruding flexible snout is flat and grooved with a lobed tip. Desmans have tiny eyes and no external ears; the ear holes and nostrils close underwater. The forefeet are partially webbed and fringed with stiff hairs. The huge hind feet are webbed to the tips of the digits and are also fringed with hair. Claws are long, curved, and sharp. Both species have water-repellent fur that is long, soft, and dense

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