mole rat


Definition of mole rat

: 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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Recent Examples on the Web Mike Davies, director of Intel’s Neuromorphic Computing Lab, described Pohoiki Springs as having the computational intelligence of about a mole rat, with the equivalent of 100 million neurons inside of it. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel's 'Pohoiki Springs' network of brain chips may be asked to help fight coronavirus," 18 Mar. 2020 The highveld mole rat is immune to the pungency of mustard, radishes, and wasabi. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's magazine, "Findings," 22 July 2019 One hundred million simulated neurons would be on par with the Ansell’s mole rat, described as a species of rodent native to Zambia that's noted for its tunnels that can stretch over two kilometers long. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel connects 64 Loihi 'brain chips' together and hands them off to researchers," 15 July 2019 Not even those pesky giant mole rats that love to jump out of the ground and bite me. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Fallout 76 journal, day 3: in search of friends and fun," 20 Nov. 2018 Meanwhile, up in the sky, bats lead a much more egalitarian existence than do meerkats or mole rats. Steve Mirsky, Scientific American, "A New Book Looks at What Life Is Like for Moms across the Animal Kingdom," 1 May 2018 Like the mole rat, a female bat may produce half her body weight in milk every day. Steve Mirsky, Scientific American, "A New Book Looks at What Life Is Like for Moms across the Animal Kingdom," 1 May 2018 Ambassadors at the Houston Zoo include a red panda and a mole rat. Clare Ansberry, WSJ, "Sloths Hot, Armadillos Not: Zoos Seek Affection for Overlooked Species," 29 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of mole rat

1781, in the meaning defined above

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“Mole rat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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