naked mole rat

noun

Definition of naked mole rat

: a mole rat (Heterocephalus glaber of the family Bathyergidae) found in Ethiopia, Somalia, and Kenya that has nearly hairless wrinkled skin and is practically blind

Examples of naked mole rat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One of the black squares is today replaced by an image of a naked mole rat. Rebecca Turkewitz, The New Yorker, "Kafka Narrates My Online Teaching Experience," 5 Jan. 2021 The effort expands on a mission that Joel began in 2006 with the photo of a naked mole rat in a zoo a mile away from his home. Joel Sartore, National Geographic, "Building an ark closer to home," 20 Nov. 2020 There are countless examples of animals that can live hundreds of years (clams and whales) and some that show little sign of a greater risk of death in older ages (hydra and naked mole rats). William Mair, Twin Cities, "William Mair: Five myths about aging," 24 Sep. 2019 The heroine of the piece is a naked mole rat named Sweety, a conspicuous weirdo. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: The Adventure of Finding a Place in the World," 26 Apr. 2019 The exhibit includes more than 20 different species, including the panther chameleon, naked mole rat, walking batfish, giant Pacific octopus and more. Brittany Nader, cleveland.com, "Akron Zoo brings new exotic animals to June Curious Creatures exhibit," 15 May 2018 Encounters with red pandas are sold out at the Houston Zoo, but are available with the zoo’s naked mole rat, which has large buck teeth. Clare Ansberry, WSJ, "Sloths Hot, Armadillos Not: Zoos Seek Affection for Overlooked Species," 29 Mar. 2018 Rochelle Buffenstein, a comparative biologist at Calico Life Sciences, has been studying naked mole rats for the past 30 years. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Old Age Doesn’t Seem to Kill Naked Mole Rats," 31 Jan. 2018 But naked mole rats seem to have avoided the pitfalls of both. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Naked mole rats have a complicated relationship with cancer," 7 Feb. 2018

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1879, in the meaning defined above

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“Naked mole rat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/naked%20mole%20rat. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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