[ des-muh n ]
/ ˈdɛs mən /

noun, plural des·mans.

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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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/ (ˈdɛsmən) /

noun plural -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 for desman

C18: from Swedish desmansråtta, from desman musk (of Germanic origin) + råtta rat
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