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mole rat

 (mōl)
n.
1. Any of several furry burrowing rodents of the genus Spalax and related genera in the family Spalacidae, having short limbs and reduced eyes and found in eastern Europe, central Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.
2. Any of several burrowing rodents of the family Bathyergidae, having short limbs and reduced eyes and found in sub-Saharan Africa.

mole rat

n
1. (Animals) any burrowing molelike African rodent of the family Bathyergidae
2. (Animals) any similar rodent, esp any member of the genus Spalax, of Asia and North Africa: family Spalacidae
3. (Animals) the bandicoot rat. See bandicoot2
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mole rat - African rodent resembling a mole in habits and appearancemole rat - African rodent resembling a mole in habits and appearance
gnawer, rodent - relatively small placental mammals having a single pair of constantly growing incisor teeth specialized for gnawing
2.mole rat - furry short-limbed tailless rodent resembling a true mole in habits and appearance; of eastern Europe and Middle East
gnawer, rodent - relatively small placental mammals having a single pair of constantly growing incisor teeth specialized for gnawing
genus Spalax, Spalax - type genus of the Spalacidae
3.mole rat - burrowing scaly-tailed rat of India and Ceylon
rat - any of various long-tailed rodents similar to but larger than a mouse
genus Nesokia, Nesokia - bandicoot rats
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Going by its looks, the naked mole-rat isn't much to write home about.
I HAD never heard of a naked mole-rat - but the little critter is four inches long, pink and wrinkly and said to resemble a human penis.
This is just the latest remarkable discovery about the naked mole-rat -- a cold-blooded mammal that lives decades longer than other rodents, rarely gets cancer, and doesn't feel many types of pain," says Thomas Park, professor of biological sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago, who led an international team of researchers from UIC, the Max DelbrE-ck Institute in Berlin and the University of Pretoria in South Africa on the study.
2013: Pronounced cancer resistence in a subterranean rodent, the blind mole-rat, Spalax: in vivo and in vitro evidence.
In contrast, at least one species of African mole-rat is more active at night (F.
Detours by the blind mole-rat follow assessment of location and physical properties of underground obstacles.
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robot scientist, a lion tamer, and a mole-rat expert.
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A popular example is the naked mole-rat, an African rodent species that lives in large underground colonies (usually numbering 75-80 but sometimes over 200).
THIS film mixes the strange stories of four unique characters - George Mendoca, a topiary gardener, Dave Hooper, an animal trainer, Rodney Brooks, a robot scientist, and Ray Mendez, a mole-rat specialist.
Lazy rats can make up as much as 40 percent of a mole-rat colony, but do only about 5 percent of the work.