mole rat

noun
|Updated on: 16 Jul 2018

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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