or mole-rat, mole·rat
- any of several eastern European burrowing rodents, especially those of the genus Spalax, having no tail, short limbs, and small eyes with permanently closed lids.
- bandicoot(def 2).
Origin of mole rat
First recorded in 1775–85
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Examples from the Web for mole rat
A better term for it is the Mole-rat, by which name it is familiar to zoologists.
The Mole-rat needs not to dig such deep tunnels as the true Moles, because its food does not lie so deep.
But the Mole-rat lives mostly upon roots, preferring those of a bulbous nature.
- any burrowing molelike African rodent of the family Bathyergidae
- any similar rodent, esp any member of the genus Spalax, of Asia and North Africa: family Spalacidae
- the bandicoot ratSee bandicoot (def. 2)
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