molerat

mole rat

[mohl-rat]
noun
1.
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.
2.
bandicoot ( def 2 ).
Also, mole-rat, molerat.


Origin:
1775–85

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mole rat
 
n
1.  any burrowing molelike African rodent of the family Bathyergidae
2.  any similar rodent, esp any member of the genus Spalax, of Asia and North Africa: family Spalacidae
3.  See bandicoot the bandicoot rat

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