- any of several burrowing crickets of the family Gryllotalpidae that have fossorial forelegs and that feed on the roots of plants.
Origin of mole cricket
First recorded in 1705–15
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Examples from the Web for mole cricket
One creature, and one only, approaches me; that is the mole-cricket.
The mole-cricket is, like the grasshopper, a child of summer.
The habits of the mole-cricket are nearly the same as those of the mole.
Mr Gould, indeed, fed a mole-cricket for several months upon ants.Insect Architecture
The mole-cricket turned up from nowhere in particular, and his voice was the tinkling of a silver bell.
- 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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