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mole cricket

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noun
  1. any of several burrowing crickets of the family Gryllotalpidae that have fossorial forelegs and that feed on the roots of plants.
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Origin of mole cricket

First recorded in 1705–15
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Examples from the Web for mole cricket

Historical Examples

  • One creature, and one only, approaches me; that is the mole-cricket.

    "Wee Tim'rous Beasties"

    Douglas English

  • The mole-cricket is, like the grasshopper, a child of summer.

    Everyday Objects

    W. H. Davenport Adams

  • The habits of the mole-cricket are nearly the same as those of the mole.

    Everyday Objects

    W. H. Davenport Adams

  • Mr Gould, indeed, fed a mole-cricket for several months upon ants.

  • The mole-cricket turned up from nowhere in particular, and his voice was the tinkling of a silver bell.


British Dictionary definitions for mole cricket

mole cricket

noun
  1. any subterranean orthopterous insect of the family Gryllotalpidae, of Europe and North America, similar and related to crickets but having the first pair of legs specialized for digging
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