mole rat definition

  • noun:
    • any one of a number of furry, short-limbed, tailless burrowing rodents associated with genus Spalax, present in eastern European countries therefore the center East.
    • any one of various similar molelike rats associated with family Bathyergidae and particularly of the genus Bathyergus, found from Southern Africa to Kenya.
    • any one of a number of small rats in taxonomic families Bathyergidae and Spalacidae.
    • anyone of a number of types of old-world rodents associated with genera Spalax, Georychus, and lots of allied genera. They truly are molelike in appearance and practices, and their eyes tend to be small or standard.
    • A myomorphic rodent quadruped of the family Spalacidæ (which see for technical characters): so called from its resemblance to a mole in appearance and habits.
    • A fossorial murine rodent of family members Muridæ and subfamily Siphneinæ.
    • The Australian duck-mole or duck-billed platypus, Ornithorhynchus paradoxus.
    • African rodent resembling a mole in habits and appearance
    • furry short-limbed tailless rodent resembling a genuine mole in habits and look; of east European countries and Middle East
    • burrowing scaly-tailed rat of Asia and Ceylon

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