star-nosed mole

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Definition of star-nosed mole

: a common black long-tailed semiaquatic mole (Condylura cristata) of the northeastern U.S. and adjacent Canada that has a series of pink fleshy projections surrounding the nostrils

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Recent Examples on the Web The star-nosed mole can barely see, yet this hamster-size mammal is the fastest-hunting predator in the animal kingdom. Washington Post, 21 Mar. 2022

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First Known Use of star-nosed mole

1825, in the meaning defined above

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29 Mar 2022

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“Star-nosed mole.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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