mole rat


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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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