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

Examples of mole rat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One example that raises doubts is the fact that the blind mole rat does not see and still experiences REM sleep. Roberta McLain, Scientific American, 12 Dec. 2023 Looking at three data deficient species – the Upper Galilee Mountains blind mole rat, the Java lesser chevrotain, a hooved creature about the size of a rabbit, and the killer whale or orca – researchers determined the orca is most at risk for extinction and deserves the most immediate attention. Karen Weintraub, USA TODAY, 27 Apr. 2023 In the largest-ever effort of its kind, researchers have sequenced the DNA of 240 mammals, including humans and 42 other species of primates and unusual creatures like the Upper Galilee Mountains blind mole rat. Karen Weintraub, USA TODAY, 27 Apr. 2023 For a photographer who began his mission with that bucktoothed mole rat, Joel takes pleasure in smaller animals and insects. Joel Sartore, National Geographic, 20 Nov. 2020 Engraved illustration of Nehring's blind mole rat, Spalax typhlus Pall. Breanna Draxler, Discover Magazine, 8 Nov. 2012 Beyond just longevity, these hairless rodents also exhibit one of the most complex social structures known in mammals: a queen mole rat and castes of nonbreeding workers cooperatively live together in subterranean burrows. Jack Tamisiea, Scientific American, 31 Jan. 2023 Not only did each mole rat have its own vocal signature, but each colony had its own distinct dialect, which was passed down, culturally, over generations. Emily Anthes, New York Times, 30 Aug. 2022 Like most rodents, the mole rat has teeth that are always growing and need to be ground down. Charlotte Hu, Discover Magazine, 16 Sep. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1781, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of mole rat was in 1781

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“Mole rat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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