either of two aquatic, insectivorous mammals, Myogale moschata, of southeastern Russia, or M. pyrenaica, of the Pyrenees, related to shrews.
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How to use desman in a sentence
desman, des′man, n. a kind of musk-rat, found in Russia and the Pyrenees.
British Dictionary definitions for desman
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)
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