mole rat

noun

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 Naked mole rat blood vessels stay springy throughout life. Max G. Levy, Wired, 24 May 2021 Other labs are analyzing the animals’ gut microbiome or tinkering with reprogrammed mole rat stem cells. Max G. Levy, Wired, 24 May 2021 Scientists want to sort out what to tweak in our biology to mimic the mole rat’s longevity. Max G. Levy, Wired, 24 May 2021 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, 18 Mar. 2020 The highveld mole rat is immune to the pungency of mustard, radishes, and wasabi. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's magazine, 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, 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, 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, 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of mole rat

1781, in the meaning defined above

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“Mole rat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mole%20rat. Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

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