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mole rat

or mole-rat, molerat

[mohl-rat] /ˈmoʊlˌræt/
any of several eastern European burrowing rodents, especially those of the genus Spalax, having no tail, short limbs, and small eyes with permanently closed lids.
bandicoot (def 2).
Origin of mole rat
1775-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The mole-rat needs not to dig such deep tunnels as the true Moles, because its food does not lie so deep.

    Bible Animals; J. G. Wood
  • A better term for it is the mole-rat, by which name it is familiar to zoologists.

    Bible Animals; J. G. Wood
  • But the mole-rat lives mostly upon roots, preferring those of a bulbous nature.

    Bible Animals; J. G. Wood
British Dictionary definitions for mole-rat

mole rat

any burrowing molelike African rodent of the family Bathyergidae
any similar rodent, esp any member of the genus Spalax, of Asia and North Africa: family Spalacidae
the bandicoot rat See bandicoot (sense 2)
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