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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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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