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[des-muh n] /ˈdɛs mən/
noun, plural desmans.
either of two aquatic, insectivorous mammals, Myogale moschata, of southeastern Russia, or M. pyrenaica, of the Pyrenees, related to shrews.
Origin of desman
1765-75; < Swedish, short for desman-råtta muskrat Unabridged
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noun (pl) -mans
either of two molelike amphibious mammals Desmana moschata (Russian desman) or Galemys pyrenaicus (Pyrenean desman), having dense fur and webbed feet: family Talpidae, order Insectivora (insectivores)
Word Origin
C18: from Swedish desmansråtta, from desman musk (of Germanic origin) + råtta rat
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